Al Nakheel Resort and The Maze added to Dubai corridor projects

Work starts on new free-flow interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road to connect to Palm Jumeirah

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By  Eudore Chand Published  June 19, 2004

Two new projects are to be built along the rapidly developing growth corridor area of New Dubai. The Al Nakheel Resort (a mini-city), and a recreational amusement park (likely to be called the Maze) were announced by the Dubai Municipality last week. The mini-city will be mostly residential with villas clustered along a canal waterway system and it is expected to provide homes for a population of some 7300. It will include supporting community amenities, shopping and retail centres, schools and recreational facilities, mosques and other public facilities. No timelines for the project where provided by the Municipality. The park and garden development is to be built in an area between the Gardens and Sheikh Zayed Road, according to senior municipal officials. Though details of this green area project are as yet scarce, it is likely to be called The Maze, according to Badr Al Gergawi, head of the roads planning section at the roads department of the municipality. More precisely, he said that the Maze will be located in the general area of Emirates Hills, The Lakes, Planning Area 10, and The Gardens. Al Gergawi also announced that Dubai Municipality has started work on a new interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road between Police Academy Interchange (No.4) and Dubai Marina Interchange (No.5) that will provide access to Palm Jumeirah and the adjoining areas where several new projects are to be sited. A full free-flow interchange will be built along Sheikh Zayed Road where it branches off just before Dubai Media City (at Nakheel Villas) towards Choifat School and Dubai College and the sea. It will connect with Road D611 (which comes in from Barsha on the other side of the highway) and which connects to Emirates Road, said Al Gergawi. He added that, because of the tight right of way on the west side, a special asymmetrical configuration was adopted. The main elements of this interchange include a tunnel serving traffic going eastbound towards Al Khail Road and the Emirates Road; a bridge connecting Road 331 towards Dubai; and another bridge connecting Road D611 towards Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi. Al Gergawi said a third bridge would be built to connect the two existing roads on the east and west sides of Sheikh Zayed Road which will also serve the traffic travelling from Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi wanting to go westbound to Al Sufouh area. The project includes utilities, street lighting, signage and landscaping works. It will be completed within 20 months and is expected to be ready by February 2006. The interchange is the result of a study on the road corridor and access system for the Palm Island project, commissioned by Dubai Municipality last year to facilitate residents and visitors to access the island from various parts of the city. The study, titled Palm Island (1) Road Corridor and Access Scheme, aimed at integrating the access system to Palm Jumeirah with the land use and access plans for the other developments in the area. “This is of special importance since the Palm is neighbour to one of the highest growth areas in Dubai, containing several high-profile developments. An access system to the Palm Jumeirah that negatively impacts access on neighbouring developments may impede the continuing growth, prosperity, and progress of Dubai to which these developments contribute,” Al Gergawi said. Some of the important developments in the area include the Dubai Technology, Electronic, Commercial & Media Free Zone, which encompasses Dubai Internet City and Media City, and is expected to employ over 50 000 with a resident population of 10 000 persons. Other development projects include Emirates Hills, The Lakes, Planning Area 10, The Gardens and The Maze, Souk Al Nakheel with its 132 000 m2 of retail, a 350-room hotel and a 3000-seat cinema; Dubai Marina with 37 000 residents 500 000 m2 of retail, Al Barsha Community, Madinat Jumeirah Resort and Al Nakheel Resort. It is estimated that the traffic that will be generated from the Palm Jumeirah alone will be around 8000 vehicles an hour during the peak evening hours, Al Gergawi said.

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