Construction has begun on two roundabouts in Al Ain, a city known for its imaginatively decorated traffic circles.
Asharej roundabout, near UAE University, will be converted into a tunnel and the Al Markhaniya roundabout, in Al Markhaniya near the Al Ain International Airport, will be converted to a traffic signal intersection.
An improved road network, landscaping, sidewalks and cycling paths will be added between the two junctions.
The Dh183 million development is a joint project between Al Ain City Municipality and Musanada, the Abu Dhabi General Services Company.
The project, done in collaboration with the Department of Transport, will improve traffic flow in the area and reduce congestion.
Many roundabouts in the UAE have been replaced by signal junctions and flyovers in recent years to improve road safety for all road users and accommodate more vehicles.
Roundabouts were a popular feature of the UAE’s early road systems, based on British traffic systems and designed for low volume of traffic.