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Dubai-Sharjah traffic: Speed ​​limit reduced on key part of main road – News

Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 16:57

Last update: Tue Nov 14, 2023, 11:35 p.m.

Dubai authorities have reduced the speed limit on a key stretch of Al Ittihad Road. Starting November 20, authorities will reduce the speed limit on the section between Sharjah and Al Garhoud Bridge from 100 km/h to 80 km/h.

The new speed limit applies from the Sharjah-Dubai border at Al Ittihad Road and extends to Al Garhoud Bridge.

Traffic signs along Al Ittihad Road will be updated to reflect the new maximum speed limit. The red lines will mark the beginning of the speed reduction zone. Radars on the road will be adjusted accordingly.

Thousands of motorists use this stretch to travel from Dubai to Sharjah every day. Among them is Hamdan Firas, a Syrian expatriate residing in Al Nahda, Sharjah. On the way to his office in Dubai Internet City, he gets stuck in traffic until the underpass after Abu Hail. “Once past that point, the road generally opens for a smoother flow of traffic. After crossing the underpass, many vehicles tend to accelerate to speeds above 100 kilometers per hour. This is often confusing and increases the risk of accidents. With the speed limit reduced, I hope drivers will be more responsible.”

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Another resident who regularly travels along Al Ittihad Road said that at the sharp bend towards the Garhoud Bridge “some drivers drive as if they are on an F1 track”. The reduced speed limit will limit dangerous driving here, said Abdul Hameed, a Somali expat who works at a food and beverage company.

He said the new limit will also make it easier to leave for the airport after Abu Hail.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said in a statement on Tuesday that it made the decision with Dubai Police after a “recent study” reviewed the number of entrances and exits, the proximity of intersections, the recurrence of accidents traffic and the recent improvements and developments in the area.

The RTA uses a speed management manual to review speed limits on major roads in Dubai. The guide helps authorities set limits by evaluating speed limits and traffic flow.

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