The bridge is part of the Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project…

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have announced a number of projects in the last few weeks in a bid to improve the road network here in Dubai. The latest news from the transport authority is the annoucement of a new bridge that will connect a bustling neighbourhood in Old Dubai to mega project, Dubai Island.

The new bridge is a part of the Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project which will see direct entrances and exits constructed to the Dubai Islands mega project from Bur Dubai.

The new Dubai Islands bridge will stretch across Dubai Creek between the Infinity Bridge and Port Rashid Development Project.

When completed in 2023, the bridge will span 1,425 metres with four lanes in each direction. It will have the capacity to accomodate 6,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. The bridge will rise 15.5 metres above the waters of the Dubai Creek and features a 75-metre-wide canal allowing ships of various types to traverse the Dubai Creek.

It will include a dedicated lane for cyclists and pedestrians on one side of the bridge. According to the RTA the project will also include the ‘construction of surface roads extending approximately 2,000 metres to connect with the existing roads from both ends of the Dubai Islands and Bur Dubai’.

The project is currently one of RTA’s largest projects with a total estimated cost of five billion dirhams. The project has been split into five phases and will connect a number of mega projects including Dubai Islands, Dubai Maritime City and Port Rashid.

About the Dubai Islands mega project

Formerly known as Deira Islands, Dubai Islands is a five-island development mega project that will redefine the concept of waterfront living. Each island will offer up something unique from innovative living experiences to cultural hubs, recreational sports beaches and beach clubs. The islands will be home to over 80 resorts and hotels. According to Nakheel, this includes ‘luxury and wellness resorts, boutique, family and eco-conscious hotels’ – all of which will help support Dubai’s tourism and hospitality drive. It will also include 20 kilometres of beaches including a Blue Flag-certified beach – a recognised award given to beaches for following a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria.

Images: Nakheel and RTA