Dubai’s RTA to complete infra projects worth $871m in 2018

Projects viewed as key drivers of development in the city

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Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has said that it aims to complete key infrastructure projects worth $871 million in 2018, including the upgrade of road networks around the Dubai Expo 2020 site and the Route 2020 project.

In a statement, the authority said that these projects would include the Airport Street improvement project, the Umm Al Sheef and Latifa bint Hamdan Street improvement project, the Tripoli Street extension improvement project and the intersection of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street with Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street improvement project, all of which are currently underway.

“The budget endorsed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for 2018 clearly illustrates that the Dubai Government is continuing with the construction of infrastructural projects,” said Mattar Al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA.

“Such projects are widely viewed as key drivers of the development of any city worldwide. The allocations for infrastructure projects in 2018 budget has received a healthy increase in as much as 46.5 per cent to account for 21 per cent of the total budget, which compares well with 17 per cent in 2017 budget,” remarked Al Tayer.

“The portfolio of existing projects also includes upgrading the roads network around Expo and Route 2020 Project for extending the Dubai Metro Red Line 15 km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of Expo, spanning seven stations.

“New projects will be released covering the construction of new roads network to ensure the smooth flow of traffic. The fleet of public buses will be beefed up to enhance the efficiency of bus services.”

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