He ordered the renaming of Al-Khail First Road as Al-Saada Road, which starts from a point nearby Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai Financial Centre and reaches the downtown Burj Khalifa.
Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads ‘&’ Transport Authority Mattar Al Tayer, said, the “Renaming of this vital road, which extends about 7.5 km and links the Sheikh Rashid Road and the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard Road, as Al-Saada (happiness) Road, is inspired by the nature of the district which harbours towering facilities including the Executive Council of Dubai Emirate, Dubai World Trade Center, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall in addition to an array of hotels and tourist attractions.” He added that the step also underscores the role of these vital facilities in bringing welfare and happiness to citizens, residents and tourists alike; which culminated in classifying the UAE as one of the happiest countries on earth.
Al Tayer noted that the parallel roads improvement project in Godolphin area, which the RTA would undertake in the last quarter of this year, requires about 30 months to complete, and costs about AED900 million.
“The project comprises the construction of several roads, bridges and tunnels to ensure smooth traffic flow on the parallel roads, and alleviate congestions in the neighbourhood. It is considered an extension to Al-Asayel Road and Al-Saada Road (formerly Al-Khail First Road) aimed to support the existing roads in the Business Bay district, improve the traffic services, and provide entry and exit options for the area stretching along the Sheikh Zayed and Al-Khail Roads, besides linking with the surrounding communities such as Al-Qouz, Zabeel, and Jumeirah,” Al Tayer said.
He added that the eastern parallel roads project at Zabeel represents an extension to Al-Asayel Road, costing about AED100 million. Work in this project is set to start as early as February 2014 and will continue for 210 days.
Al Tayer said the project links the Business Bay district with the existing Oud Metha Road through the underpasses of the Financial Centre Road and Zabeel 2 Road. This new Road extends 3 km and comprises 3 lanes in each direction, and in future it will be linked with the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing through a bridge passing over Oud Metha Road to link Bur Dubai with The Lagoons, Al Warqaa, Nad Al-Hammar and the International City. The project includes ceramic cladding and lighting of the underpasses of the Financial Centre Road and Zabeel Road.