I am writing this report to bring to the attention of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) the traffic issues that we have to face on a daily basis while travelling from International City towards Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.
I work in a private company in the Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) area. Since I reside in Dubai’s Al Baraha 1 area, I take a company-operated bus from my area to work. The bus goes through International City, to pick some staff at various pick-up points, where we see a lot of schoolchildren waiting for their buses.
While coming from International City to Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, there is a roundabout, after which a dedicated RTA bus stop can also be found. A lot of people wait at this stop to go to their respective locations. From the roundabout, all the vehicles move towards Al Manama Street and at the junction, they have to wait for a long time before they can take a right turn towards Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.
As there is no functioning traffic signal at this location, it causes tailbacks every morning. I see many vehicles get stuck in the area. In the morning, we’re all in a rush to reach our destinations, be it work or school. Motorists try their best to weave through the traffic to be able to cross the junction as quickly as possible.
I request the RTA to look into this issue and visit the area to see how severe the problem is. They need to install a traffic signal at this roundabout so that the traffic flow will be controlled and vehicles will be able to move smoothly.
— The reader is based in Dubai.
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The reader’s concerns were raised with the management of RTA. They stated: “Thank you for contacting the RTA. Please note that the RTA’s project ‘Improvement of Al Awir Road and International City Accesses’, which we have published about earlier and mentioned regarding the diversions, is currently under implementation and traffic solutions are proposed for the area, including the referenced roundabout.”