The Al Mafraq-Al Ghuwiafat Highway in Abu Dhabi. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News

Dubai: The speed limit on the UAE’s fastest motorway was temporarily changed on Wednesday, and is expected to continue for the next six months.

Abu Dhabi Police announced that the speed limit has been reduced from 160km/h to 120km/h on the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Highway, which was previously known as the Al Mafraq - Al Ghwaifat Highway. The new speed limit applies to sections of the road affected by roadworks.

The speed limit was the highest in the country, and would catch motorists driving at 161km/h.

Abu Dhabi Police explained that the change in the speed limit was made due to road works that started on June 27, 2018, which are being carried out on the left lane of the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Highway.

The road works are expected to continue until December.

The highway links the capital city of Abu Dhabi to the Al Dhafra Region and Saudi Arabia.

“The highway will be closed on both directions from Hameem bridge to Al Dab’iyah bridge, and will continue for six months. Radar speed limit during the construction period is 120 Km/h,” said Abu Dhabi Police.