New traffic signals at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque will ease traffic over Eid

Costing around Dh8 million, the signal system will ensure the smooth flow of traffic in front of the landmark at peak hours, particularly Friday prayers, during Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha.

ABU DHABI // A new traffic signal has been installed at the entrance to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Costing around Dh8 million, the signal system will ensure the smooth flow of traffic in front of the landmark at peak hours, particularly Friday prayers, during Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha.

The signal is located at the entrance to the mosque on Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street, also known as Airport Road.

Motorists will be able to turn left in front of the mosque entrance on Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street and also make U-turns. Visitors leaving the mosque can drive directly to downtown Abu Dhabi by turning left.

β€œIt aims to facilitate traffic to and from the mosque, especially at peak times in Ramadan and Eid prayers where the number of visitors to the mosque is expected to double whether from Abu Dhabi or beyond,” said Eng Khalid Al Suwaidi, Surface Transport Advisor and Acting General Manager at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi.

In addition, construction work included expanding the bus stop to accommodate parking by three buses to drop off or pick up passengers at the same time.

anwar@thenational.ae

Published: June 23, 2014 04:00 AM

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