By Majorie van Leijen www.emirates247.com
In five years from now Dubai will look different. We all knew that, and Dubai will keep on changing. But did you know that also the names of streets and areas are about to change?
At the moment the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is undertaking a massive addressing system project, changing the names of existing streets, forming new area clusters and districts and naming these as well.
In order to suit the constant changes in Dubai’s infrastructure and road network and enable motorists to navigate easily on this complex network a new way-finding and addressing system has been developed.
“A total of more than 7,500 streets have been appointed for renaming, out of which approximately 500+ have already been changed,” said Maitha bin Adai, CEO of the Traffic and Roads Agency (TRA) at the RTA.
“As part of the new addressing system internal streets are numbered sequentially,” she continued. “To reduce the complexity and make it easier to remember them it was decided that these streets – which previously were referred to with numbers – will now be named.
“Once fully developed, Dubai is likely to have 250 fully-developed areas by 2030. These areas are commonly referred to as communities and will be demarcated based on the land use it encompasses and be surrounded by major roads, which act as their boundaries. More info