Worst traffic nightmare in JLT

Reader asks the concerned authorities to complete JLT road projects soon

  • Traffic nightmare in JLT cause difficulty for residents to enter and exit the area Image Credit: Tuhina Bhattacharya
  • Image Credit: Tuhina Bhattacharya
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The traffic situation in Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Dubai, has turned from bad to worse. This issue has been going on for the past three years. Entry into and exit from JLT is extremely difficult. It takes over half an hour to get out of the traffic snarl.
It is a nightmare for the residents of JLT. People are discouraged from buying or renting a property in this area due to this problem. The traffic has been so bad lately that those who have to enter the area call up their friends or family in advance to inquire about the traffic situation.

Every time complaints have been made to the authorities, they have informed the residents that the construction work will take a few more months. But years have passed and there seems to be no respite.
The traffic situation, now that the summer vacations have passed, has deteriorated a great deal. I request the concerned authorities to complete the road projects at the earliest so that this nightmare can come to an end soon.


The reader is based in Dubai.


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  • Ali

    Sep 16, 2013 1:33

    The one way system is a good system and this has been confirmed by Mr Ahmad Sulayem who is the Head of DMCC. This is the same system used in America and other western countries. I think the problem is with drivers who don't drive properly and also with the construction which should be finished soon.

  • JC

    Sep 16, 2013 1:01

    I just pray I don't have an emergency during peak time in JLT as there is no way emergency vehicles can get through quickly. I have lived here for 3 years now and keep thinking it will get better instead it just constantly gets worse. I will definitely look to move out, which is a pity as I actually love my apartment.

  • muhammad

    Sep 16, 2013 12:47

    I work in JLT cluster T and it takes 45 min to exit from JLT. RTA has to make more Exits in JLT.

  • Nandhan

    Sep 16, 2013 12:15

    The problem is at the exit side. They made a curve there, where there is not enough space for 2 cars in each lane. Also the side where the single lane to Shk Zyd Road, joins the road from Indigo Tower side is like a T junction. The people who designed the traffic can make it better if they slightly change the curves and T. But still they are only watching the situation. No actions. Also some bad drivers trying to get into the queue from here and there makes the situation worse. Its not necessary to have a corporate level discussion and planning to temporarily avoid the situation until the work finishes. But no responses from the authorities who handle the work...

  • Guy Naidoo

    Sep 16, 2013 12:10

    Lately, since summer vacation is over, it takes an average of 30-40 mins to get in or out of JLT no matter what time of the day it is. It is extremely frustrating that the authorities are still working on the roads and it is clearly a case of extremely bad planning. I am considering of moving out of JLT for that reason alone. I work in Media City which is a 10mins journey and it currently takes me 30-45mins to get there and most of it is spent frustratingly on the lanes of JLT with other frustrated drivers pushing into one lane. I am surprised that there has not been any reported road rage in JLT.

  • Louie Tedesco

    Sep 16, 2013 11:43

    The traffic situation is not better in Karama or other older areas of Dubai. Clearly people want to live there, as it is residents causing the traffic! No incentive to complete roadworks as long as people keeping moving in.

  • Sarah Louise

    Sep 16, 2013 11:42

    Thank Heavens I don't work in JLT anymore - before our company closed down last summer, they moved to JLT 5, and getting out of the community in the evenings was just awful for everyone. The road system is a five-line one way system, but the road blocker is the tiny little roundabout at the main exit, as you watch five lines suddenly shrink to two. People wanting to get onto Sheikh Zayed Road, and others wanting to get onto Al Khail Road or Emirates Road. I really feel for the residents paying rent to live there, just to get out of there at 6pm took me over 45 minutes, never mind the the rest of the journey back to Sharjah, and most of the traffic there is people who work there, not residents. I cannot believe that a year later the same problem still persists - really hope it gets sorted for everyone, and soon.

  • D.A

    Sep 16, 2013 11:37

    I currently live in JLT cluster O, and the traffic is beyond what nightmares are. It takes me 30-40 minutes from the moment I enter JLT in the afternoon to reach my building! Same story in the morning trying to exit SZR! I saw the new road plan, and I couldn't believe it. After all this wait the situation will be the same as there is only ONE exit to Sheikh Zayed Road! My family and I have decided to move out of JLT by the end of this year, and I dont really advice anyone to move in here as the waste of time in the traffic is not worth it.

  • Chris Reid

    Sep 16, 2013 10:36

    I live in JLT, and generally love the buildings, and restaurants. But the road layout is ridiculous. In my section of JLT (SZR side), to exit on to SZR, I have to do a complete loop around JLT to get to the exit, which adds to the traffic conjestion of all the people coming into JLT for work. The metro is only convenient to people on SZR side of JLT, otherwise it is too hot to walk to the other side. There should be underground tunnels from the metro stations to the far side of JLT, to encourage more metro usage. WHY would they not complete the roads before all the buildings??!!

  • SH

    Sep 16, 2013 10:26

    JLT is one of the most poorly planned communities in Dubai. Despite its good location the bad planning makes it undesirable for many of us. We'd rather drive a little more and stay further away in peace.

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The one way system is a good system and this has been confirmed by Mr Ahmad Sulayem who is the Head of DMCC. This is the same system used in America and other western countries. I think the problem is with drivers who don't drive properly and also with the construction which should be finished soon.


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