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Old January 14th, 2008, 10:48 AM   #41
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Congestion hits Dubai's GDP

Traffic congestion in Dubai results in annual losses of US$1.25 billion, equivalent to 3.15% of GDP. According to Dr Abdul Malek Ebrahim Abu Shaikh, head of Transportation Studies and Planning at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), transport policy and concomitant legislation have to strike a balance between demand and supply. He points out that at 541 cars/1000 population, Dubai has higher car ownership than New York (444), London (345) and Singapore (111). Furthermore, if current purchase trends continue, Dubai will have 5.3 million registered cars by 2020. As a result, measures will have to be taken to discourage car usage and promote public transport. Under consideration are limits on the number of driving licences to be issued, an increase in vehicle registration fees and higher road tax. There is currently insufficient road capacity, which is the main cause of congestion. However the number of roads now crossing the Dubai Creek will have increased from 40 to 47 by the end of 2008, while nine new ring roads will be in place by 2020. Existing road projects are absorbing $2.178 billion of new investment.
Hmm, that's not very good news. They have almost the same loss in GDP as the whole Netherlands, where 16 million people live.

Los Angeles has a higher car-ownership by the way.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 05:23 PM   #42
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160km speed + from the pictures, I assume no lane use rules = scary.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 01:28 AM   #43
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Are there a lot of freeways running through Dubai?
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Old March 12th, 2008, 01:01 AM   #44
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Eight killed in horrific 200-car pileup on Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway



March 11th, 2008 - 11:55 pm ICT by admin

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Dubai, March 11 (IANS) At least eight people were killed and over 280 injured in a 200-car pileup on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway early Tuesday in dense fog, officials said. At least 25 cars were charred in a series of crashes, which happened in unusually foggy conditions at Ghantoot, 65 km from here, around 6.45 a.m. (8.15 a.m. IST).

Unofficially, the death toll was stated to be much higher, though there was no confirmation.

Zeeshan Javed, who narrowly survived the accident, said he had counted 80 mangled cars.

“There were others that were lying on the road, and still others with injuries waiting to be attended to by the paramedics,” said Imad Eldin, who regularly travels to his workplace in Dubai.

“I have never seen an accident of this magnitude. Some cars that had caught fire were charred beyond recognition. This has to be the worst ever,” Javed said.

Serious casualties have been taken to Al Rahba and Al Mafraq hospitals in Abu Dhabi while other casualties were taken to Rashid Hospital in Dubai.

Police said that because of the bad weather, helicopters were unable to begin airlifting the injured until 11.30 a.m.

Under normal conditions, cars on the eight-lane - four on either side - 165-km stretch between Dubai and Abu Dhabi zip through at a minimum speed of 120 kmph.

Matt, 26, a German national said the scene was chaotic.

“The accident was a combination of fog and people using their hazard lights. I only escaped with a bruise,” he told the Gulf News.

“It was a disaster scene, everyone was speeding and after the first crash happened people just started hitting each other,” Khamis I. Mohammad, deputy of traffic and patrol Abu Dhabi police, said.

“There were six buses carrying labourers, three buses had 50 passengers each.

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Old March 12th, 2008, 11:24 AM   #45
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200 cars? that must be a new record.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 11:38 AM   #46
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Old March 12th, 2008, 06:42 PM   #47
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So many adjacent lanes is highly unpractical, and also adds little to capacity.
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Old March 14th, 2008, 03:39 AM   #48
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very nice expressway pics
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Old March 14th, 2008, 11:13 AM   #49
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One of the problems in Dubai, in my opinion is, that all traffic is being distributed over one major road. It's better to evenly distribute traffic over multiple, narrow roads.
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Old January 1st, 2009, 01:26 PM   #50
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Some pictures forumer Palance took of the UAE roads;

E102 road

In and around Al Ain

E44 road
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Old January 1st, 2009, 01:33 PM   #52
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Exactly
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Old January 1st, 2009, 02:10 PM   #53
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Two minds, one thought

Anyway, I have an album for Oman as well, but I don't see an Oman-thread. Does it not exist yet?
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Old January 1st, 2009, 02:20 PM   #54
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I thought we had one.. It might be a while ago though when there were posts there the last time. I believe Skyprince posted some Oman pics there.
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Old January 1st, 2009, 02:50 PM   #55
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Found it
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Old January 1st, 2009, 06:13 PM   #56
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Do you have a map of the route you've driven?
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Old January 1st, 2009, 06:45 PM   #57
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Sure. This is where I have been:

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Old January 1st, 2009, 11:07 PM   #58
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They seem to be following a very Texas centric model of civil engineering in the UAE.
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Old January 1st, 2009, 11:50 PM   #59
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I tried to make a pic, as promised.

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I think the map you posted is wrong considering the United Arab Emirates Borders the Persian Gulf and i Think your map says Rabian Gulf
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 10:31 AM   #60
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I think the map you posted is wrong considering the United Arab Emirates Borders the Persian Gulf and i Think your map says Rabian Gulf
Every country has its one name for everything. For discussing map related items I suggest you go to the map thread in the DLM.
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