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As Abu Dhabi Executive Council stresses in its policy agenda for the next couple of years, a sophisticated transport system is critical to the ongoing growth and diversification of the UAE’s and Abu Dhabi’s economy. A newly created Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi will ensure fully coordinated planning in all aspects of transport policy and development. The Executive Council has charged the department to meet its objectives in ways that are consistent with the council’s stated pillars, emphasising privatisation and cost-efficiency, achieving world-class standards, employing more Emiratis, and enhancing accountability in a transparent regulatory environment. The department will not only have responsibility for planning and regulation in road safety, highways management and public transport, it will also cover the aviation and maritime sectors.

A sophisticated transport system is critical to the ongoing growth of the UAE's economy.

Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 focuses on the need to provide an integrated road and transportation system to facilitate the movement of people and goods while improving safety levels for all system users. This involves addressing current traffic congestion problems and accommodating future needs by increasing the use of public transport and decreasing reliance on private vehicles, at the same time improving the capacity of road networks and transportation systems, whilst securing optimal use through demand management and accident and emergency management.


New highways connecting Abu Dhabi City with the mainland via Al Suwwah, Saadiyat and other islands, including ten additional bridges, as well as new routes out of the city for heavy vehicles are proposed under Abu Dhabi’s new urban framework. The truck roads will connect the new port and industrial areas with the rest of the country without intersecting with city roads. Other measures include improving pedestrian pathways and reconfiguring streets to improve traffic flow.

To date, Abu Dhabi has completed a major upgrading of the arterial expressway along the Corniche to Mina Zayed, relieving traffic congestion in the city centre and improving access to Mina Zayed. Numerous underpasses are designed to make the area

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