The bridge will be closed for maintenance works between 1am and 9am every Friday until November 24…

Just a heads up: Dubai’s Al Maktoum bridge is going to be closed every Friday morning for the next five weeks for annual maintenance, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.

The closures will begin this Friday October 27, and will occur between 1am to 9am to limit disruption. The works will be at the same time every Friday for five weeks until November 24.

During the closure of Al Maktoum bridge, traffic will be diverted through alternative routes, including Al Shindagha Tunnel, Al Garhoud Bridge and the Business Bay Crossing, as well as to exit points off of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.

Here’s where Al Maktoum bridge is (in case you didn’t know):

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The RTA has said that the alternative routes are capable of accommodating the traffic in the area on Friday mornings when traffic is significantly less busy (a Thursday evening would be another story entirely).

The planned maintenance is to ensure the safety of the bridge: “The tentative operation would be undertaken after the completion of all routine, preventive and corrective maintenance of various electro-mechanical systems and a final inspection would be carried out to ensure the effective operation and safety of the facility and its users,” explained Nazim Faisal, Director of Roads and Facilities Maintenance at RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency.

Also, have you noticed all of the construction happening OVER Sheikh Zayed Road in Jumeirah right now? Here’s a guide to where those new roads will lead to (and what traffic jams they’ll help improve).

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