Abu Dhabi: A number of internal and external road projects with a budget of Dh271 million were approved yesterday by the committee tasked with following up on the orders of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a source from the committee said.

“The road projects will be built in different parts of UAE and are in line with the keenness of Shaikh Khalifa to complete infrastructure projects that complement the development of the UAE,” the source said.

The current projects complement the committee’s plan to develop and establish a network of modern roads in the country enabling it to keep pace with the construction boom, the steady increase in the population and expanding transportation.

The committee approved carrying out the Al Yabsa bypass road road project in which a 14-km ring road will be constructed at a cost of Dh196 million. The second phase of this project will link Shaikh Khalifa Road, previously called the Dubai-Fujairah highway, and Al Hail industrial area with Fujairah Port, and will be completed in the second half of 2014.

The committee also approved the development and construction of various internal roads in Fujairah and Dibba at a cost estimated at Dh64 million. Works on these roads will be split into two categories, the construction of new roads, the longest of which will be 37km long, and the renovation of current roads which cover a total distance of 8.4 km.

The committee approved the construction of roads in the new Suweihat residential area in Umm Al Quwain, an area allocated for houses for Emiratis. The project will see the construction of a 10.5km road network. The project works have been tendered at a cost of Dh11 million.

The meeting was chaired by Ahmad Juma Al Za’abi, Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the committee.