RTA launches Al Khawaneej Roads Improvement Project
The Al Khawaneej Roads Improvement Project slashes travel time between the Emirates Road and the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has on Saturday opened Al Khawaneej Roads Improvement Project. The project includes an underpass of three lanes in each direction at the junction of Al Khawaneej and Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Roads as well as a bridge of two lanes in each direction at the junction of Al Amardi and Emirates Roads in the direction of Al Awir.
Matar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-general, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, said, “The Improvement of Al Khawaneej Roads Project is one of the key strategic projects for improving the links between Dubai and Sharjah through the improvement of vertical roads linking with the Emirates Road and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road up to the Airport Street.”
“The project aims to accommodate the current and projected future growth of traffic. It contributes to slashing the travel time between the Emirates Road and the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road from 25 minutes to 9 minutes, and the waiting time at the junction of Al KhawaneejSheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Roads (Al
Khawaneej Roundabout) from 330 seconds to just 45 seconds. It also doubles up the capacity of the junction from 8,000 to 16,000 vehicles per hour, and halves the waiting time at the intersection of Al Khawaneej-al Amardi Roads, which has been upgraded from a roundabout to a surface junction, from 120 seconds to 60 seconds,” explained Al Tayer.
“The project includes the construction of a tunnel of three lanes in each direction extending 680 metres at the intersection of Al Khawaneej Road with Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road. Works also included the construction of a surface signalised junction to ensure free and safe traffic flow on Al Khawaneej Road, and upgrading the existing roundabout at the intersection of Al Khawaneej-al Amardi Roads to a signalised junction. The intersection of Al Amardi-emirates Roads has also been upgraded to a flyover of two lanes in each direction extending 201 metres above the Emirates Road in the direction of Al Awir,” he noted.
“Work is currently underway of constructing a footbridge near Arabian Centre at Al Khawaneej
Road, service roads extending 23 kilometres along Al Khawaneej and Al Amardi Roads, and some improvements in three junctions at Algiers Street which will be upgraded to signalised junctions. Other construction underway include streetlights, rainwater drainage system, directional signs, road markings, and protection works for road safety,” elaborated Al Tayer.
The construction of Al Khawaneej Roads Improvement Project follows the completion and opening of all phases of Improvements of the Airport Street Project involving upgrading four intersections: Rashidiya, Nad Al Hamar, Marrakech, and Casablanca. The project had immensely improved the traffic flow, reduced the waiting time and sorted out congestions caused by overlapping traffic.
It also follows the opening of the Tripoli Road Improvement Project providing a link between Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road. The opening of this 12-km road eased the traffic flow, improved the entry points of Al Warqaa and Mirdif along Tripoli Road and enhanced the safety along the corridor.
INSTITUTE FOR STUDENTS OF DETERMINATION INAUGURATED: The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge ( ADEK) has formally inaugurated the all-new Al Karamah Training Institute (AKTI), a tailored education centre providing the Students of Determination in the emirate with an increasing level of independence and access to vocational training in eight main areas of specialisation.
The institute was officially opened during a tour atended by Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi (DCD); Sara Musallam, Chairman of ADEK; and Ali Rashid Al Ketbi, Chairman of the Department of Government Support - Abu Dhabi (DGS), said a press release issued by ADEK on Saturday.
The Institute is designed to empower Students of Determination — specifically those with autism — with future pathways for independent living and employment opportunities. The opening coincides with April’s World Autism Month, which aims to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism and foster greater worldwide support.