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Dubai gets two bridges to boost connectivity in Shindagha corridor



Two major bridges and a tunnel spanning a total of over 2.3km have opened in Dubai’s Shindagha corridor. The road projects — which are part of the Falcon Interchange Improvement Project located ‎ between Al Khaleej Street, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road and Al Ghubaiba Road — have a capacity of 27,200 vehicles per hour.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the two bridges are connected by the Infinity Bridge and Al Shindagha Tunnel from the northern side. They will eventually link up with the bridges that the RTA is currently constructing at the junction of Sheikh Rashid Road and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street from the southern side.

“The Falcon Interchange Improvement Project is a segment of the 13km-long Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project, spanning Sheikh Rashid Road, Al Mina Street, Al Khaleej Street, and Cairo Street,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-General and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA.

“The improvement of the Falcon Interchange enables a smooth traffic flow along Al Shindagha corridor (Al Khaleej and Al Mina Street), besides increasing the capacity, efficiency, and traffic safety of these two roads. It also offers entry and exit points to Mina Rashid (Port Rashid), and additional parking spaces beneath the new bridge to serve the area.”

The two main bridges on Al Khaleej Street extend 1,825 metres, with each having ‎ six lanes. They have a total capacity of 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions.


The first bridge measures 750 metres, while the second extends 1,075 metres in the southern direction. These bridges are linked to the new Infinity Bridge and Al Shindagha Tunnel from Deira side as well as the improved junctions on the Sheikh Rashid Road.

A two-lane tunnel has been opened for left turns from Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road to Al Mina Street. This tunnel stretches 500 metres and accommodates up to 3,200 vehicles per hour,
explained Al Tayer.

Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project is one of the largest projects currently being undertaken by the RTA with a total estimated cost of Dh5.3 billion. It encompasses the construction of 15 junctions spanning 13km in total. Due to its massive scope, the project had been split into five phases.

The corridor serves Deira and Bur Dubai in addition to several development projects such as Deira Islands, Dubai Seafront, Dubai Maritime City and Mina Rashid. It is expected to serve about one million people. It will reduce ‎the travel time from 104 minutes to just 16 by 2030, and the time saved over 20 years will be worth about Dh45 billion.

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Luxury cars showroom opens in Dubai for premium motorists



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A new car showroom dedicated to luxury supercars has opened near the Equiti metro station on the busy Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.

Set up by the accomplished automobile stalwart Sarabdeep Singh Bassi with his Man Friday Walid Al Balushi, the showroom opening witnessed a range of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens, Mercedes and Bentleys along with some top options in the Land Rover range as well for a rich sampling of the showroom’s USP. The inauguration ceremony was graced by UAE businessman and SJM Group chairman Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum as the chief guest.

Bassi is a veteran of Dubai’s automobile circuit with showrooms for used and mid-range cars in three emirates – Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi – since 2004 when he landed from the United States, where too he operated in the similar industry but around trucks and transport for a brief while.

According to Balushi, now is as good time as any to have a cars showroom for the upper echelons of the society. “Our Emirati folks are always a keen, regular market, but we also see a lot of Russians and people from the adjoining regions looking up high-end cars.”

An attendee poses in front of a grey McLaren and red Ferrari at the Oscar Cars showroom in Dubai. Photos Joy Dasgupta /

This showroom is the latest addition to their Advantage Motors brand which deals in mid-range levels of cars in the three emirates.

“Already the response is very good,” Bassi said on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony amid much fanfare. “We have more expansion plans like opening other automotive businesses after this. Our customers are from all over UAE and from other countries as well like Russia, Middle East countries, China, All Over Africa, and others. We are also promoting electric vehicles sale which are environment friendly.”

The vast showroom on the Sheikh Zayed Road, diagnonally across the Mall of Emirates, is laid out over 7,000 square feet and separate parking, with the best of knowledgeable staff at hand to help buy and sell the cars, along with other services like buying premium number plates, etc.


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UAE sees upward surge in fuel prices for September




The UAE has announced its fuel prices for September, following its usual practice of monthly revisions. The new rates will apply from September 1 and are as follows:

-Super 98 petrol will cost Dh3.42 a litre, compared to Dh3.14 in August.

-Special 95 petrol will cost Dh3.31 per litre, compared to Dh3.02 last month.

-E-Plus 91 petrol will cost Dh3.23 a litre, compared to Dh2.95 a litre in August.

-Diesel will be charged at Dh3.40 a litre compared to Dh2.95 last month.

After a similar rise in July, petrol prices in the country increased during August. Over the past year, prices have displayed fluctuations, yet they remain notably lower than those of the same period last year.

Take a Quick Look: Fuel Prices Throughout the Year

Months/2023Special 95Super 98E-Plus 91

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August fuel prices are out in UAE



The UAE fuel price committee has announced that fuel prices will increase in August 2023. The new rates will apply from August 1 and are as follows:

Super 98 petrol: 3.14 AED per litre, up from 3.00 AED in July
Special 95 petrol: 3.02 AED per litre, up from 2.89 AED
E-Plus 91 petrol: 2.95 AED per litre, up from 2.81 AED
Diesel: 2.95 AED per litre, up from 2.76 AED

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