Commuters fear return of traffic snarls on Sharjah-Dubai roads

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By Faisal Masudi, Staff ReporterĀ  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Residents commuting from Sharjah to Dubai fear a return to pre-2008 conditions that forced them to leave home before dawn to beat the morning rush hour.

     Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News     Traffic proceeding to Sharjah from Dubai on Emirates Road during evening rush hour. The Ministry of Public Works is widening roads and building interchanges to improve traffic flows. It is expanding the capacity of Emirates Road and Sharjah Ring Road.
Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News Traffic proceeding to Sharjah from Dubai on Emirates Road during evening rush hour. The Ministry of Public Works is widening roads and building interchanges to improve traffic flows. It is expanding the capacity of Emirates Road and Sharjah Ring Road.

There is concern those days might be returning as a fast-growing UAE economy and regional unrest draws more people to the UAE. Detours and road improvement works on main arteries like Emirates Road and Sharjah Ring Road are also causing traffic snarls.

Commuters complained that they are having to rise earlier to make it to work on time because of heavy traffic on Dubai-Sharjah roads.

During the property boom, some motorists left home when it was still dark and slept in their cars after reaching their workplaces.

According to Dubai Roads and Transport Authority statistics, there are more than a million vehicles registered in Dubai. More info