New road links Oud Metha to Downtown Dubai
A 5km stretch of Al Asayel road will open for traffic today (Wednesday 17 September), offering motorists another option to access the Downtown Dubai area.
Gulf News reports that the new road will link Oud Metha street with The Dubai Mall, bypassing 2nd Zabeel Road and Financial Centre street.
The road is one of the key phases of the Roads and Transport Authority's (RTA) Parallel Roads network, which extends from Sheikh Rashid Road in the north up to the outskirts of Abu Dhabi emirate to the south, passing through the Business Bay area.
It offers road offers an alternative and corridor between Oud Metha, Zabeel, Jumeirah and Business Bay.
The project comprises two tunnels with each offering three lanes in both directions. The first tunnel branches from 2nd Zabeel Road and extends 850m, and the second tunnel branches from the Trade Centre Road and stretches for 600m.
Two bridges of two lanes in each direction at Business Bay, extending 700m, are also part of the project.
The road offers free access to The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa through Emaar Boulevard.
The Godolphin project involves the construction of roads, bridges and tunnels linking to the parallel roads, and aims to ease pressure on the roads surrounding Zabeel.