Unlocking the Future: Dubai’s Al Khaleej Street Tunnel Project

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In a testament to Dubai’s unwavering commitment to infrastructure development, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled an ambitious project that promises to revolutionize traffic flow and enhance connectivity within the emirate. Following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, the RTA has awarded a contract for the construction of the Al Khaleej Street Tunnel Project, a crucial component of the expansive Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project.

Transforming Urban Mobility

The Al Khaleej Street Tunnel Project is set to be a game-changer for Dubai’s urban mobility landscape. Extending from the end of the ramp of the iconic Infinity Bridge in Deira to the intersection of Al Khaleej and Cairo Streets, the tunnel will span an impressive 1,650 meters and boast six lanes, capable of accommodating up to 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions.

Seamless Integration

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, emphasized the project’s significance, stating, “Al Khaleej Street Tunnel is part of Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project; one of the expansive projects currently undertaken by RTA. This corridor extends 13 kilometres along Sheikh Rashid Road, Al Mina Street, Al Khaleej Street, and Cairo Street, encompassing the upgrade of 15 intersections and benefiting numerous residential and developmental communities.”

Serving a Growing Population

The Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project is a visionary initiative aimed at keeping pace with Dubai’s rapid population growth and urbanization. By 2030, it is projected to slash travel times from a staggering 104 minutes to a mere 16 minutes, serving approximately one million people residing in areas such as Dubai Islands, Dubai Waterfront, Dubai Maritime City, and Mina Rashid.

Comprehensive Upgrades

“Al Khaleej Street Project, which is part of Phase 4, covers the construction of a tunnel extending 1,650 metres and encompassing three lanes in each direction. It provides a free traffic flow from the Infinity Bridge towards Deira and back,” Al Tayer explained. “The scope includes transforming the crossing of the Cairo and Al Wuheida Streets from a roundabout to a signalised intersection, besides improving Cairo Street and connecting the ramp of the bridge from Dubai Islands to the new tunnel on Al Khaleej Street northward. This phase will serve the residents of Abu Hail, Al Wuheida, and Al Mamzar along with development projects like Dubai Islands, Dubai Waterfront, Waterfront Market, and Hamriya Port.”

Ongoing Enhancements

The Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project is a multi-faceted endeavour, with several phases already underway or completed. RTA is currently working on a 4.8-kilometre improvement project on Sheikh Rashid Street, extending from the intersection of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street to Falcon intersection on Al Mina Street. This phase involves the construction of three bridges totalling 3.1 kilometres in length, accommodating 19,400 vehicles per hour across all lanes.

Completed Milestones

RTA has already achieved significant milestones within the Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project, including the opening of the intersection of Sheikh Rashid Road and Oud Metha Road (Wafi Intersection), and the intersection of Sheikh Rashid Road and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street. Additionally, five bridges leading to Dubai Islands have been inaugurated, providing entry/exit points to Dubai Islands at the intersection of Al Khaleej Street and Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, with a total capacity of approximately 20,700 vehicles per hour.

Iconic Landmarks

Complementing the infrastructure enhancements, Dubai has also witnessed the completion of iconic landmarks such as the Infinity Bridge. Extending approximately 295 meters and consisting of six lanes in each direction, this architectural marvel features an arch shaped in the form of the infinity symbol, rising 42 meters at the top. The bridge boasts an exceptional structural design inspired by the infinity concept, replicating Dubai’s unlimited ambitions and serving as a unique global landmark.

Falcon Junction Improvements

Another notable achievement is the completion of the Falcon Intersection Improvement Project, featuring the construction of two major bridges on Al Khaleej Street. The first bridge extends 750 metres northward, and the second one stretches 1,075 metres southward, each with six lanes in each direction and a combined capacity of up to 24,000 vehicles per hour.

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