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 areaImage 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 MrAhmad Sulayem who is the Head of DMCC. This is the same system used inAmerica and other western countries. I think the problem is with driverswho don't drive properly and also with the construction which should befinished soon.

  • JC

    Sep 16, 2013 1:01

    I just pray I don't have an emergency during peak time in JLT as thereis no way emergency vehicles can get through quickly. I have livedhere for 3 years now and keep thinking it will get better instead itjust constantly gets worse. I will definitely look to move out, which is apity 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 isnot enough space for 2 cars in each lane. Also the side where the singlelane to Shk Zyd Road, joins the road from Indigo Tower side is like a Tjunction. The people who designed the traffic can make it better if theyslightly change the curves and T. But still they are only watching thesituation. No actions. Also some bad drivers trying to get into thequeue from here and there makes the situation worse. Its not necessaryto have a corporate level discussion and planning to temporarily avoidthe situation until the work finishes. But no responses from theauthorities who handle the work...

  • Guy Naidoo

    Sep 16, 2013 12:10

    Lately, since summer vacation is over, it takes an average of 30-40 minsto get in or out of JLT no matter what time of the day it is. It isextremely frustrating that the authorities are still working on theroads and it is clearly a case of extremely bad planning. I amconsidering of moving out of JLT for that reason alone. I work in MediaCity which is a 10mins journey and it currently takes me 30-45mins toget there and most of it is spent frustratingly on the lanes of JLT withother frustrated drivers pushing into one lane. I am surprised thatthere 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 ofDubai. Clearly people want to live there, as it is residents causing thetraffic! No incentive to complete roadworks as long as people keepingmoving in.

  • Sarah Louise

    Sep 16, 2013 11:42

    Thank Heavens I don't work in JLT anymore - before our company closeddown last summer, they moved to JLT 5, and getting out of the communityin the evenings was just awful for everyone. The road system is afive-line one way system, but the road blocker is the tiny littleroundabout at the main exit, as you watch five lines suddenly shrink totwo. People wanting to get onto Sheikh Zayed Road, and others wantingto get onto Al Khail Road or Emirates Road. I really feel for theresidents paying rent to live there, just to get out of there at 6pmtook me over 45 minutes, never mind the the rest of the journey back toSharjah, and most of the traffic there is people who work there, notresidents. I cannot believe that a year later the same problem stillpersists - 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 whatnightmares are. It takes me 30-40 minutes from the moment I enter JLT inthe afternoon to reach my building! Same story in the morning trying toexit SZR! I saw the new road plan, and I couldn't believe it. After allthis wait the situation will be the same as there is only ONE exit toSheikh Zayed Road! My family and I have decided to move out of JLT bythe end of this year, and I dont really advice anyone to move in here asthe 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. Butthe road layout is ridiculous. In my section of JLT (SZR side), to exiton 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 JLTfor 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 beunderground tunnels from the metro stations to the far side of JLT, toencourage more metro usage. WHY would they not complete the roads beforeall the buildings??!!

  • SH

    Sep 16, 2013 10:26

    JLT is one of the most poorly planned communities in Dubai. Despite itsgood location the bad planning makes it undesirable for many of us. We'drather 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 MrAhmad Sulayem who is the Head of DMCC. This is the same system used inAmerica and other western countries. I think the problem is with driverswho don't drive properly and also with the construction which should befinished soon.


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