Major road improvement works are continuing in a busy part of Abu Dhabi.
Works in the Al Zahiyah area, formerly known as Tourist Club, include cycle lanes, streamlined roads and new LED street lights.
The area around Abu Dhabi Mall has long been traffic clogged, with bollards along many streets making it hard for pedestrians. The works are set to address this. Al Ferdous Street and Street No 10 are being redesigned with pedestrians in mind, while there will be easier access to hotels, the mall and other buildings in the area. There will also be more seats and shaded areas.
The Dh248 million Al Zahiyah Development Project will also result in an upgraded LED street lighting system, saving electricity consumption by as much as 60 per cent. This is in line with plans to convert all old street lights in the city to new LED lights.
Additional areas and pedestrian pathways spanning 122,500 square meters will be provided, along with cycling tracks along Al Ferdous Street and Street No 10 of 2,550 metres.
The works are set to finish early next year when it is expected that public areas will have expanded from 8,300 sq m to 14,200 sq m.
The Al Zahya Development Project will also make it easier to access the four bridges linking the area to Al Maryah Island.
The works are being carried out by Abu Dhabi Municipality in cooperation with Musanda. The municipality said the support of residents, despite the inconvenience caused, was important to their successful conclusion.