Category Archives: Construction

Extension of Metro Red line to Expo site endorsed !

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has endorsed the ‘Route 2020’ project, encompassing the extension of the Red Line of the Dubai Metro from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station to the future site of Expo 2020.

The RTA’s ‘Route 2020’ project will encompass the extension of the Red Line of the Dubai Metro from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station to the site of Expo 2020, it was announced today. The extended sector of the Metro line stretches 15km and includes seven stations.

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), giving details of the project said: “Route 2020 starts off Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station and extends 15km (11km elevated and fourkm underground), and includes seven stations (five elevated and two underground stations).


“The project serves densely with average-to-high population density such as the Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate, and the Dubai Investment Park.

“These communities are inhabited by about 240,000 persons and the journey from the Dubai Marina to the site of Expo will take 16 minutes,” explained Al Tayer.

“The RTA has examined different options of Route 2020 and assessed their effectiveness and impact on the neighborhood based on a host of technical perimeters that include the enhancement of the development plans in Dubai,” he said.

“It also serves the largest possible number of residents as well as current & future projects, easing snarls on some congested road sectors, providing top class service to targeted communities, and integrating with public transit

RTA Chairman stated that the RTA would hold this month a workshop for consultants and contractors specialized in rail projects where it would exhibit various components of Route 2020 projec.


Source: Arabian Business

RTA to fix the traffic problems around Wafi!

If you have ever tried to reach Wafi at evenings during the week you know what a huge step forward this is. I have been standing there for ages in the past. Looking much forward to see ease of Traffic there.

wafitrafficnewThe Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has commenced construction works in Wafi Interchange Improvement Project comprising the construction of a 700 metre-long bridge of three lanes in each direction, stretching from Oud Metha Road (nearby Latifa Hospital) in the direction of the Sheikh Rashid Road, and heading towards Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Saadah Road (elevated bridge leading to the Dubai World Trade Center).

The underlying objective of the bridge is to minimise the overlapping traffic and ensure better traffic flow in all directions.

“The new bridge will offer smooth movement for vehicles inbound from Oud Metha Road and outbound eastward to Al Ain exit.

Discovery Gardens finally linked to JLT and E311 with new Exit…

Today the next entrance/ exit of Discovery Gardens has finally opened. This one links Discovery Gardens now not only to JLT via the First Al Khail Road but also to Qarn Al Sabkha Road linking Sheikh Zayed Road at the JLT junction (5.5 Interchange) with the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road nearby Al Houdh R/A. That should ease traffic a lot hopefully and make Discovery Gardens more easy to reach and leave.

You can see below in red marked the new connection:


Here a few pictures:



The Worlds most expensive Buildings…

Emporis has released a list of the Worlds most expensive buildings from construction price point of view. One would probably think the higher the more expensive right? – See it for yourself.

  1. One World Trade Center, New York City (USA)  3.1 Billion Euro1
  2. The Palazzo, Las Vegas (USA)  1.5 Billion Euro2

  3. The Shard, London (England) 1.5 Billion Euro3

  4. Taipei 101, Taipei (Taiwan) 1.4 Billion Euro4

  5. Burj Khalifa, Dubai (UAE) 1.2 Billion Euro5

  6. Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, Huzhou (China) 1.2 Billion 6Euro

  7. CapitaGreen, Singapur  1.1 Billion Euro7

  8. Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg (Germany) 826Million Euro8

  9. Bank of America Tower, New York City (USA)  802 Million Euro9

  10. Chifley Tower, Sydney (Australia) 802 Million Euro10

 So you see, high does not necessarily mean expensive.  I had thought that Burj Khalifa would probably be the most expensive one….

New road linking JLT to Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road …

Tomorrow will see finally the opening of a new connection between Sheikh Zayed Road at the JLT junction (Interchange 5.5) with SMBZ Road nearby Al Houdh R/A. The Road is named  as Qarn Al Sabkha Road.

You can see below where this road goes exactly:


Phase II of this project will be opened by the end of March 2015 where Al Saadah Road will be linked with Ibn Battuta Mall district, besides completing some bridges and roads in the neighborhood which will mainly serve JLT, the Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Islands, and Jumeirah Park by linking them with Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

Additional Al Khail First Road would be extended to Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road, Discovery Gardens and Ibn Battuta Mall and would include a link to Jafza in the future as per a RTA spokes person.