Sustainable infrastructure projects in the works for Northern Emirates
The Ministry of Public Works has revealed infrastructure plans including road extensions, the installation of energy-efficient LED lights, building rest areas along the highways, constructing environment-friendly pedestrian bridges and using innovative methods to ensure their durability and sustainability.
Although the quality of roads in the country rank “first in the global competitiveness index for 2014-2015”, said Dr Abdullah Al Nuaimi, the Minister of Public Works, work to improve standards is constant. “We carried out studies to ensure the most effective way of linking the northern and eastern parts of the emirates. Currently, we are overseeing a project to extend the Emirates Road from Umm Al Quwain to Ras Al Khaimah by 23 kilometres, at an estimated cost of Dh220 million,” he said.
Another project, said the minister, costing Dh150 million, will link Ittihad road and Falaj Al Mualla to the primary entry point of Umm Al Quwain.
Improved road safety is one of the main aims of the upgrades, said Dr Al Nuaimi.
Published: December 22, 2014 04:00 AM