Dhs2.1billion Dubai-Abu Dhabi expressway complete by end of year

Time Out has information on a new way to travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi after a new expressway was announced to help reduce traffic in Dubai

In October we were told reaching Abu Dhabi from Dubai would be possible in 15 minutes with the introduction of a new hyperloop system.

Now though, a perhaps more realistic way of reaching the UAE’s capital city has popped up on the transport horizon.

A highway that will cost Dhs2.1billion to build will make travelling between the emirates that much easier.

The good news is the system is 70 per cent complete with plans for it to be in full use by the end of this year.

It’s a particularly useful addition for those who commute between the areas as it’s expected to decrease congestion and increase safety.

"The new highway will relieve the traffic pressure on the current Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road, bring down the number of accidents, connect Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone with the current and future road network," Eng. Faisal Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of Highways at the Department of Transport, said.

"When complete, the project will form part of an additional road linking Abu Dhabi with Dubai and the Northern Emirates," he added.

The road by Abu Dhabi General Service Company (Musanada) will go from Seih Shuaib to Sweihan Interchange, passing through Al Maha Forest, Kizad, Al Ajban Road, and Zayed Military City to Sweihan Road.

There will be four lanes in both directions, six bridges and six underground passes. An extension of the Mohamed bin Zayed Road (E311) in Seih Shuaib at the Dubai border, it’ll keep drivers happy until the potential launch of a system that due to undergo testing this year.

Possibly reaching speeds of 1200kph, sealed concrete or steel pipes are to be installed either above or below ground, these are pumped permanently to remove air and, thus, resistance to the trains, while electric motors create a strong magnetic field that allows carriages to coast in a frictionless environment.

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