New Salik gates go live in Dubai today
By Daniel Shane
Two new road toll gates will go live on today in Dubai, raising the cost of journeys in the emirate for both drivers and those who travel by taxi.
The first Salik gate, as the system is known, is located on the Al Mamzar Bridge on Al Ittihad Road between Dubai and neighbouring emirate Sharjah.
The second is on Beirut Road near Airport Tunnel, another busy commuting route between Dubai and Sharjah.
Every time a driver passes through a Salik gate, they are charged AED4 ($1.10), with the maximum daily fee set at AED24.
After Monday, the total number of functioning Salik gates in the emirate will be six. All toll fees in Dubai are administered the Roads and Transport Authority, which says they are intended to ease congestion on roads.
Until January this year, taxis were exempt from the charges.
Studies have proven that Salik has succeeded in slashing the trip time on the Sheikh Zayed Road by as much as 44 percent.