Online tendering to solve traffic jams

If you’ve ever wondered who is to blame for all the traffic in Dubai, then wonder no more. It’s you lot. At least that is the claim of a press release announcing the launch of a new online system to handle all of Dubai Municipality’s dealings with contractors.

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By  Sean Cronin Published  March 4, 2006

|~||~||~|If you’ve ever wondered who is to blame for all the traffic in Dubai, then wonder no more. It’s you lot. At least that is the claim of a press release announcing the launch of a new online system to handle all of Dubai Municipality’s dealings with contractors. It seems that the main reason for the move was not the usual old talk of efficiency and accessibility, but rather to reduce traffic around the DM head office in Deira caused by contractors driving to and fro with tender documents, building permits, drawings and the like. So you can add that one to the extensive list of construction industry war crimes already on file at the Hague. Ruining the environment, causing noise pollution, creating dust, scaring the fish away, destroying archaeological finds, wearing jeans that are too low slung at the back and, oh yes, clogging up the roads. It is likely that the subject of clogged up roads will become even more of a story than it is already, once work gets into full swing on the Dubai Metro. The public notifications are going out this week warning of the likely impact of works in areas such as Union Square, Burjuman, Port Saeed and Al Rigga. It is already becoming apparent just how important traffic management will be for this project, which is now gearing up into full swing. But the real fun is likely to start when ground is broken on the big Sheikh Zayed Road stations. I bet the Sharjah-Dubai commuters can’t sleep with the excitement of looking forward to that. Total gridlock may not be too far off after all — at which point the only people who will be laughing are the guys who like to cycle down the road the wrong way. They of course only do that for the rather pathetic consolation of at least being able to see the type and model of the vehicle that will eventually run them over. And with all of those vehicles stuck in traffic jams, that at least should no longer be such a worry for them. Sean Cronin Editor||**||

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