Dubai residents complain about lack of lighting

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By   www.thenational.ae

DUBAI // Residents in the parts of Dubailand that have opened say they have been left in the dark by the master developer, which has not switched on traffic or street lights throughout the giant development.

  Once the signals and lights are operating to the RTA's satisfaction, it will take over maintenance and operations.  Mike Young / The National
Once the signals and lights are operating to the RTA's satisfaction, it will take over maintenance and operations. Mike Young / The National

Dubai Holdings has tried to improve the situation by putting barriers around a particularly dangerous junction that has experienced a rise in traffic since the Skycourt towers, with 2,300 apartments, opened more than six months ago.

Cars must make a U-turn instead of coming in from the left, which residents say has created a hazard.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said it worked with Dubai Holdings to erect the concrete barriers, which keep traffic flowing one way. But they have already been moved aside to allow cars through.

“People are going the wrong way,” said Haseeb Shaikh, a resident. “The barrier has been removed from the last lane so cars are squeezing in and out from one lane.”

At night it is hard to see the barriers, which residents approach at speed, because of the lack of lights. “I have counted and seen the carnage from four terrible accidents there in the last six months,” said Mr Shaikh, 36. More info

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