RTA's 5ha trucks rest stop project on Emirates Road 55% complete

Developed by Al Sahraa Group, the project works include “preliminary processes preceding the construction phase”

RTA aims to meet the growing demand for trucks rest stops in Dubai [repsentational].
RTA aims to meet the growing demand for trucks rest stops in Dubai [repsentational].

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has marked 55% completion on the Trucks Rest Stop project at Dubai Land on Emirates Road.

The construction of the facility, which is being carried out in partnership with the private sector, is the first integrated trucks stop zone that meets the basic and daily needs of heavy vehicle drivers across the emirate.

Developed by Al Sahraa Group, the project works include “preliminary processes preceding the construction phase”, which further includes obtaining non-objection certificates, leveling the land, protecting utility lines, and obtaining the final building permit from the concerned authorities, according to HE Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA.

Al Tayer added: “The station spans 5 hectares and includes 100 parking slots for trucks and other facilities to serve the basic and daily needs of truck drivers as well as a specialised technical testing centre for heavy vehicles.”

With the development of the station, RTA will have a solution to the parking of trucks beside highways in residential areas, simultaneously meet the growing demand for truck stops.

Al Tayer said that trucks make about 145,000 trips and lift about 3 million tons every day in Dubai.

Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Model

Commenting on the project, Al Tayer said: “The construction of the station will enhance the traffic safety, reduce trucks-related accidents, and streamline the traffic flow during the trucks ban timings.”

In addition, the project will also increase the engagement of the private sector in the implementation of infrastructure and service projects; and generate an additional income for RTA through sharing revenues with the investor, and offer investment prospects for investors in a variety of fields.

Such projects will also help improve the quality of public services, in addition to transferring knowledge, expertise, and innovation from the private to the public sector.

“In particular, it [the project] will offer government employees an exposure to the management and follow-up of this sort of long-term projects undertaken on build-operate-transfer (BOT) model,” explained Al Tayer.

Tendering new trucks rest stops

According to Al Tayer, RTA has finalised technical and commercial studies for sites of two permanent truck rest stops in Dubai. The first stop is in Jebel Ali Industrial Area 3, near Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, while  the second is at Al Ayyas, near the Emirates Road.

RTA will tender both the sites to the private sector in December 2020, further enhancing the development of public-private partnerships in Dubai.

“These two stations will have all the requisite facilities and services needed by drivers and trucks,” added Al Tayer.

In the past, RTA has constructed 18 temporary trucks rest stops on the right-of-way of several vital roads in Dubai with a total capacity of 538 parking slots.

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