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With infrastructure contracts in the UAE awarded this year valued at five times more than 2013, frenetic construction activities is set to be the order of the day. A significant part of this investment is earmarked in the transport infrastructure sector as Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi look to build new roads and improve transport facilities.
According to the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) figures, around 99 new projects dedicated to road works, marine and public transport sector have been undertaken in 2014 or are in various stages of completion. One of the key projects set to be unveiled in 2014 is the Dubai Tram, while tender for the new Al Ittihad Bridge, replacing the Floating Bridge built on Dubai Creek, will also be issued this year. The construction is expected to take three years. After completion, the main creek crossing will have 12 lanes (six in each direction, in addition to a footpath in each direction), providing free traffic movement in both directions - towards Bur Dubai and Deira.
RTA will also pump in money on the Parallel Roads project supporting the Shaikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road, widening of the Al Qudra Road and the development of the Jumeirah Corniche with jogging tracks and other facilities.
In Abu Dhabi, the major emphasis on road works will center around the airport expansion. A series of roundabouts will be built to facilitate smooth traffic in the area. The project set for completion in 2017 will replace the E10 highway with a tunnel. More road expansions will be undertaken near Raha Beach.
In Sharjah, the Muweilah district will see the construction of an ambitious 43-kilometer two-lane road project. Upgrading of Al Fadhl Bin Abbass Road to two lanes is being carried out to give a facelift to the downtown areas of Al Musalla.
* The Floating Bridge will soon be replaced by Al Ittihad Bridge
* Major road works will be carried out near the Abu Dhabi airport
* Road infrastructure in some parts of Sharjah will be improved
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Source: S.Dhar, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer