Futuristic Dubai: A 2030 Forecast
In coming years, Dubai will have a make-over not only in its looks but also in the names of its areas and streets. Currently, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Dubai is undertaking a huge addressing system project, wherein change in names of existing streets and formation and naming of new area clusters are taking place. This is being done in order to address the constant changes in Dubai’s infrastructure and road network.
CEO if the Traffic and Roads Agency of RTA, Maitha bin Adai tells, “More than 7,000 streets will be renamed and names of around 500 have already been changed. As per the new addressing system, internal streets are numbered chronologically so that it becomes easier to remember”.
If everything goes as per the plan, by 2030, Dubai will perhaps have 250 fully-developed areas. These areas or communities will be demarcated on the basis of land use it encompasses and will be surrounded by major roads which will also act as their boundaries. Communities will form larger districts, wherein each district will have a particular theme. For example, the district Jumeirah will have street names bearing marine features like fishes, boats, marine life, etc. as the district is all about sea and beaches. Likewise, streets in Bur Dubai and Deira will bear heritage and historical names and inland areas of Al Awir and Mushrif will have names of famous Arab personalities, poets, and local trees.
Maitha further confirms, “Al Khail Road improvement project along with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Parallel Road projects have already been implemented as per the new system and are found to be highly effective and complied with”.
The whole project is going on in stages so that people get proper time getting used to it. Public needs to have a careful eye as suddenly the familiar road with same way will have a different name. As of now, Emirates Road is now Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road and Dubai Bypass Road has become Emirates Road.