Dubai Metro passes under a bridge in between JLT and Nakheel Harbour Stations. Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Xpress

Dubai: Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) residents have been urged to pool cars, use the Metro or stagger their work hours to ease traffic congestion in the area.

The master developer DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) dashed an email to residents listing these suggestions following a massive tailback on Monday evening.

The email read: “We have been advised that there will be several road diversions in JLT as the RTA road networks are nearing completion... it is likely that the congestion will continue in the coming days. We therefore suggest, wherever possible, motorists consider making alternate arrangements when travelling to and from JLT.”

The email then goes on to list several suggestions. They include staggered work hours, using the Metro, car pooling, avoiding peak hour traffic.

Those coming to the area have also been advised to leave their cars at the Nakheel Harbour station and use the free golf cart service to enter the community.

But the suggestions have not gone down too well with residents. “It’s impractical. What shall I tell my boss? That he should change my work hours?” asked a senior sales executive.

An Indian mother said she can’t take the Metro because it’s a long walk for her four year-old daughter who studies in a nearby school. On September 9, traffic came to a grinding halt in JLT following a vehicle break down. Hundreds of cars remained stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic for hours on end. “It was the worst traffic jam we’ve ever seen in JLT,” said Latha Sreeni, a resident of Green Lakes Tower.

“I left for Al Mas Tower at 8.20am. It took me about two-and-a-half hours,” she added.

Another resident, Charu Gupta, said she was stuck for an hour at the JLT roundabout. “It was very frustrating. I could see my building but it took an eternity to reach there,” she said.

DMCC suggested alternative routes for JLT commuters:

Clusters O – W: Exit towards Abu Dhabi or Dubai by turning left in front of Cluster G, proceeding towards Emirates Hills.

Clusters D – M: Exit Sheikh Zayed Road via the South side of the development (Jebel Ali side).

Clusters N, A, B, C: Exit via Almas Road towards the South side of the development (Jebel Ali side).


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