The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened the first phase of AED400m ($109m) roads scheme at International City in Dubai, UAE.
Master developer Nakheel has welcomed the opening of the first phase of the project, which will improve traffic flow, reduce journey times and boost safety. Nakheel has provided AED201m ($54.7m) for the project.
Work under the scheme includes road widening, construction of new interchanges and signalised junctions in and around Dragon City, International City and Warsan Village, where more than 110,000 people live and over 200,000 visit each day.
Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said: “We thank the RTA for its ongoing cooperation and support for transport links at our communities.
“This project is essential to the overall, long term master plan at International City, bringing major benefits to existing residents, business owners and visitors in the short term, and paving the way for the future growth of the area.”
According to traffic studies by Nakheel, more than 182,000 vehicles currently move in and out of the area every day, which is set to grow as expansions at International City and Dragon Mart continue.
Nakheel is also considering further traffic enhancement schemes, such as increased parking, within International City.
Located on the north-eastern edge of International City, Dragon City is a mixed-use master development with a growing collection of retail, commercial, residential and hospitality components.
Spanning 11 million ft², Dragon City includes Dragon Mart, the world’s largest Chinese retail and trading hub outside China, and its sister mall, Dragon Mart 2, which opened in 2015, where Phase 3 retail showroom and car park complex are nearing completion.
Nakheel’s first hotel, an Ibis Styles with 251 rooms, was inaugurated at Dragon City in 2016 and a 304-room Premier Inn will open in 2019.
The company is also assessing construction proposals for Dragon Towers, a twin-building residential development with 1,142 apartments, which is set to break ground in the third quarter of 2018.
Image: The Dragon City in Dubai. Photo: courtesy of Nakheel PJSC.