New speed limits come into force on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road on Saturday.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Police said the stretch of the road between the Dubai-Al Ain Road and Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road junctions will increase from 80kph to 90 kph.
The buffer speed limit will be adjusted to 110kph.
Eng Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said that the decision to raise the speed limit on this section has been taken after extensive studies were carried out according to the Speed Management Manual in Dubai.
“The manual contains procedures, stipulations and flexible engineering standards governing the setting and assessing of speed limits on various roads of Dubai to bring them in line with the latest international practices,” she said.
Speed limit signs will be changed to display 90kph instead of 80 kph.
The eight-lane road was renamed Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street last February in honour of the Abu Dhabi royal who was injured while serving in Yemen.
Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan, 27, was serving in the Presidential Guard when his helicopter crashed due to a technical failure on August 11, 2017.
The 50km-long road runs from Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to the Oman Street intersection. It passes Dubai Silicon Oasis, Arabian Ranches and the Expo 2020 site.
A 25km extension of the road opened in March linking Dubai-Al Ain Road and Al Yalayes Road.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general of the RTA said last month the road section is part of Expo 2020 development projects.
“The RTA has set out a comprehensive plan for addressing the requirements of hosting Expo to ensure safe and smooth transport for visitors to Expo and events," he said.