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Dubai International City traffic worsening, say residents

The first entrance, from Al Aweer, takes the traffic around the front of Dragon Mart and previously filtered three lanes of traffic into one.

  • Three lanes from International City filter onto two on Manama Street. Image Credit:Alice Johnson/Gulf News
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Dubai: Residents in International City say that traffic in the development is becoming increasingly worse.

According to Nakheel, there are currently four entrances and exits to the International City development.

The first entrance, from Al Aweer, takes the traffic around the front of Dragon Mart and previously filtered three lanes of traffic into one.

This hazard was highlighted by Gulf News and permanent bollards have now been installed, filtering traffic into one lane further back.

This issue was monitored by Gulf News reader A.N., who was so concerned about the safety of these roads that he sent in a schematic detailing the dangers.

"You can see from my drawing what the situation is, but the real case is much more dangerous. There's a lot of traffic at the current entrance - the traffic needs to be decreased to save lives."

There is an alternative entrance to International City, which filters from the petrol station slip-road. A.N. said: "There is a closed street next to the petrol station and it has been closed for a long time. It should be opened."

This road has now been temporarily opened and directs motorists through the nearby petrol station pump and over a temporary sandy surface.

A Nakheel spokesperson previously said that the main entrance will be functional by the end of this year.

The second entrance to International City can be found off Al Aweer Road, in the road adjacent to Al Aweer sewage plant.

The previous tanker queue hazards highlighted by Gulf News seem to have subsided, and tankers now appear to be delivering loads during the night.

The third and fourth entrances can be found on Manama Street, by the Thailand, Indonesia and Greece clusters.

A dangerous U-turn that was frequently blocked by sewage tankers using this alternative entrance to the sewage treatment plant was recently closed. Drivers should use the signaled junction further down Manama Street.

The third entrance is used as the main exit from International City, although Gulf News has received complaints that this exit is congested and is often the cause of accidents.

M.Z. has been a resident in China court for the past two years.

"The traffic is awful, now it's taking me 20 minutes to exit International City. Before, it used to take me 25 minutes to get to work. Now, when I leave it takes 20 minutes to just get out, and a minimum 15 minutes to get to Emirates Road," he said.

The fourth entrance/exit by Thailand/Indonesia and the back of Greece cluster is generally free of traffic and hazards.

A new bus service was recently introduced to International City, although this is also proving a bone of contention for residents in Persia cluster.

The buses were observed by Gulf News blocking one lane of a main connecting road by the Persia court, due to the short length of the layby.

Meanwhile, the sewage water problem which hit the City some two weeks ago has been solved for the moment and the water has been pumped out off the streets in some of the clusters here.

"There are no flies or any smell anymore," one resident said. The developers later sent a press release saying that extension work on the sewage treatment plant is near completion.