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Dubai Ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed okays Sky Garden, reviews Sky Pods

HH Sheikh Mohammed approves and reviews major RTA schemes under five-year plan spanning 2019-23

HH Sheikh Mohammed approved and reviewed RTA projects across Dubai.
HH Sheikh Mohammed approved and reviewed RTA projects across Dubai.

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)'s future projects include a sky garden; bicycle lanes; and a sunset promenade at Sheikh Zayed Road, and in Umm Suqeim and Jumeirah Beach, all of which were sanctioned by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, in April 2019.

As part of his visit to RTA, the Dubai Ruler also approved a five-year plan for 2019-2023 that entails the construction of internal roads in the emirate’s key residential districts, as well as reviewed the progress of road infrastructure projects at the Tripoli and Khawaneej roads, and Mushrif Park.

As part of his visit, the Dubai Ruler reviewed Sky Garden, a 380m-long and 60m-high footbridge spanning 3,422m2. According to RTA, the bridge will connect the city’s landmarks to Dubai Creek, offering a panoramic view of old and new Dubai neighbourhoods.

Additionally, Sheikh Mohammed also reviewed progress on a 2.5km promenade that will link the Dubai World Trade Centre and Financial Centre stations of Dubai Metro for walking and cycling.

According to data published on RTA’s website, the walkways, which will utilise areas underneath the two metro stations, will include three main points comprising Bazaar Street, Technology Park, and Urban Park, spanning a total area of 5.4ha.

The Ruler of Dubai also reviewed the Sunset promenade project, a new beachfront scheme spanning 80ha that will be connected to Jumeirah Beach Walk, and comprise "several floating islands" with a total beach area of 10.7ha, RTA said.

Also reviewed by the Dubai Ruler was Deira Plaza, a 3.5ha development that will feature shaded parks and spaces for hiking, events, and parking.

Sheikh Mohammed also reviewed progress being made on the Dubai–Al Ain road improvement project spanning 17km, aimed at reducing bottlenecks during rush hours. The scope of the project includes widening the road from three to six lanes in each direction, upgrading six key intersections, and constructing new bridges and service roads on both sides of the road.

During his visit, the Dubai Ruler was briefed on the Sky Pods transit system project as well. Being developed by RTA and Skyway Greentech Co, Dubai's Sky Pods transit system will feature tracks spanning 15km.

The project will link Dubai International Financial Centre and Downtown Dubai with Business Bay, and will have 21 stations with the capacity to transport 8,400 riders per hour.

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