UAE ministry confirms three ongoing road projects
by Neha Bhatia
The UAE's Ministry of Public Works confirmed it has approved three new road projects.
The projects will connect various parts of the country, while meeting the UAE 2021 Vision and the country's National Agenda.
The first of the projects adopted by the Ministry of Public Works is the development of Sharjah – Dhaid Road, spanning a distance of 35km.
The project is divided into three phases, and a consultant specialising in road projects has been contracted to complete the design of the first phase of the project from the fifth interchange to eighth in both directions.
Completion of the project is expected by the end of 2017, state agency WAM reported.
The ministry has also completed the final designs of the UAE-Oman border towns Shaam – Al Dara Road, deemed one of the vital projects that would contribute to improving the flow of traffic, and has a significant role in facilitating commercial traffic in the northern region, as well as trade and tourism in the country.
The project, which is expected to be completed during the second quarter 2016, supports the plan to strengthen the federal road network and to link the northern and southern regions to eastern and western regions.
The third project adopted by the Ministry of Public Works involves the completion of the Western Khorfakkan Road, which has been assigned to a consultant as per an award notification memo.
The proposed project is a complementary route to the existing Khorfakkan road, E99, and the Western Khorfakkan Ring Road. It is expected to support the federal road network in general and help smooth flow of traffic in Khorfakkan, as well as road safety and security.
Dr. Eng. Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi, UAE's minister of public works said: "The ministry's policy in the field of roads is to upgrade the efficiency of the current network, especially with regard to security and safety requirements."