The work to improve the roads around Bur Dubai and Mankhool is trucking along, but that now means a temporary road closure…

Sometimes things have to get worse to get better, and that’s now the case for some motorists travelling around Oud Metha or towards Al Mina, but it will particularly affect evening rush hour for those who live in Karama and work in Old Dubai.

Why? Well the exit that takes vehicles seamlessly from Al Maktoum Bridge and then Umm Hurair Road to Sheikh Rashid Road will be closed as of today, and will only reopen in February 2017.

An alternative route along a slip road has been set up – which is indicated by the blue line – while the red line is the previous route that is now closed:


Umm Hurair Road (also known as D78) is the main artery by which people coming off Al Maktoum Bridge connect with Karama, Bur Dubai, Oud Metha and also Sheikh Zayed Road (towards Abu Dhabi). This means this new closure will particularly affect rush hour traffic flow in the area.

The exit has been closed so that a one-lane bridge can be built connecting Umm Hurair and Sheikh Rashid Roads. It’s all part of the overall improvements being made to the Al Shindagha Traffic Hub.

“We thank road users on cooperating with us and we appeal everyone to pay attention and follow the guidance signs and alerts for alternative routes,” explained the RTA of the closure, which they say will ultimately “improve traffic flow”.


The larger Al Shindagha Traffic project will help ease traffic from Trade Centre to the older parts of the city, and will improve many roads in the city’s historical centre.

One of the companies working on the Al Shindagha Traffic improvements with the RTA, Parsons, describes the scale of the project on its website:

“The Shindagha Corridor improvement project consists of a new bridge—connecting Bur Dubai to Deira—that will serve as a gateway to Dubai, as well as an evaluation of an existing tunnel under the waterway, nearly 10 km of a new 12‑lane expressway, multiple major interchanges, and various local roadway improvements throughout the historic district of Dubai.”

The new 12-lane expressway that will be built as part of the project will effectively replace Al Shindagha Tunnel.