New Dubai-Abu Dhabi road
Commuters between Abu Dhabi and Dubai will able to use a new highway connecting the two cities from Tuesday.
The new 62 km Abu Dhabi-Dubai route is an extension of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road, built to ease commuter traffic.
The eight-lane highway is capable of carrying 8,000 vehicles per hour.
Built at the cost of Dhs 2.1 billion, it connects drivers between the Seih Shuaib Area at the Abu Dhabi-Dubai border and extends until the Sweihan Interchange.
Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada), which oversaw the project,said: “The highway can absorb additional traffic, particularly during peak hours, serving as an alternate route to the existing Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road (E11), improving flow of traffic between the two cities.”
Earlier, the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport (DMAT) had said 800 lighting columns will be installed throughout the new route along with six lay-bys, two petrol stations and six interchanges to link commuters to Khalifa Port and residential areas around that area.
Work on the project began in early 2014 and 3,500 workers have spent more than 20 million hours to complete construction, according to Musanada.