Abu Dhabi: The Follow up Committee of Initiatives of the UAE President has approved awarding two contracts for the construction of the Ras Al Khaimah ring road and phase 1 of the Khor Fakkan western ring road at a total cost of Dh435 million.

The projects are being implemented in line with the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the follow up of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Committee, headed by Ahmad Juma Al Za’abi, Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs, was briefed about the two projects by the technical subcommittee overseeing progress of the projects.

The Dh398 million Ras Al Khaimah Ring Road is a 32 kilometre arterial extension of the proposed Umm Al Quwain express highway. The project is scheduled for completion in two years. The road will have three lanes in each direction, separated by a 12-metre wide median barrier that could be used in the future to add a fourth lane in both directions.

The 4-kilometre Khor Fakkan western ring road will serve as an alternative to vehicles going to and from Khor Fakkan and other cities in the country.

The Dh35 million road will have two fully lit lanes in each direction.