Pay heed, Sheikh Zayed Road commuters…

The Roads and Transports Authority has announced ongoing road closures on both sides of Sheikh Zayed Road, starting from March 10 (this Friday).

A number of traffic diversions will be put in place as a result of the closures, which will occur between Interchanges 2 and 3.

The main roads affected are Umm Al-Sheef StreetLatifa bint Hamdan Street and Al-Zomorrud Street. Diversions will continue until July 2018.

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Here is a map from the RTA showing the closures and alternative routes:

How will you be able to get onto Sheikh Zayed Road now? Well, Nabeel Mohammed Saleh, director of roads, says drivers can use two temporary roundabouts.

The next phase will begin on Friday, March 24, and involves part of Latifa bint Hamdan Street, which will become a one-way street.

The alternative route for motorists on First Al Khail Street will be to head west, turn left to Al-Jarena Street and onto Street No. 3A.

A U-turn will replace the existing roundabout on Al-Zomorrud Street.


Nabeel said the diversions were required for the construction of several bridges providing a direct link with Al Wasl Street (west), passing through Umm Al-Sheef Street to Al Khail Street, Latifa bint Hamdan Street and Sheikh Zayed Road.

“Such bridges will considerably ease the traffic flow on Sheikh Zayed Road, and significantly save time and effort of road users,” Nabeel said.

So hopefully this short term pain will soon be our long term gain

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