Transport plans under way for new logistics city

Dubai government officials have met to discuss a traffic network for the 140 km² Jebel Ali Airport City.

  • E-Mail
By  Laura Barnes Published  May 11, 2005

Government officials have been meeting to agree on a traffic network to support Jebel Ali’s Airport City facilities, including Jebel Ali International Airport (JXB) and Dubai Logistics City (DLC). When completed, Jebel Ali Airport City will host 900,000 residents with JXB being able to handle 120 million passengers per year, as such, integrated road and rail transportation is vital to link the city with the rest of Dubai. Official transportation plans thus far, include the development of a 160 km network of main roads within Jebel Ali Airport City to support public traffic, and a dedicated network for DLC and JXB measuring 90 kms. Phase one of the 140 km² Jebel Ali Airport City will be completed in September 2007. It will include a 4500m runway for DLC, a cargo terminal, a small passenger terminal and executive jet facilities. DLC will also have its own dedicated modern road system, which will separate professional logistics maximising the freedom to do business. There are also recommendations for a major ring road which will circumvent JXB and an elevated dual three-lane road erected between DLC and Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA). A major artery linking the different Jebel Ali Airport City components with major roads will also be constructed. Plans also include an 11 km extension of the Dubai Light Rail project from JAFZA to JXB and 55 km express railway link between JXB and Dubai International Airport to handle both passengers and cargo. A total of four interchanges on Emirates Road are also in the planning stages. “This is a highly challenging task which needs to be right from the outset to safeguard the long-term viability of the new facility and the prosperity of those who choose it for residential or business purposes,” said Khalifa Suhail Al Zaffin, director engineering & projects, Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Dubai. Dubai Municipality officials also added that the next step would include the creation of a detailed transportation study for the Jebel Ali area’s road network, taking into consideration the current landscape and future developments taking shape off the coast. “Airports are main generators of employment and by having the biggest passenger airport in the world adjacent to DLC, Jebel Ali Airport City is a massive development which will be a significant contributor to Dubai’s future growth," said Al Zaffin. "With other major developments already taking shape in the Jebel Ali area, and more on the drawing board, we need to ensure that a seamless co-operation exists between different projects’ contractors to successfully complete the process,” he added.

Add a Comment

Your display name This field is mandatory

Your e-mail address This field is mandatory (Your e-mail address won't be published)

Security code