'Every resident is a pedestrian' – but can you park and walk?


By Majorie van Leijen  www.emirates247.com

Maitha bin Adai, CEO RTA’s Traffic and Roads department walks Emirates 24|7 through the evolution of the emirate’s pedestrian-friendliness

The weather is cooling. In Dubai, this means the rejuvenation of outdoor life. The distance to the supermarket has become walkable and the pedestrian is back on the street.

In fact, the future looks bright for pedestrians in Dubai.

Recently, plans were announced of a 14km-boulevard, inclusive of a walking and running track along the Jumeirah coastline.

In addition, it will not be long until pedestrians can enjoy a creek-side walk while crossing Sheikh Zayed Road, as Dubai Creek will be extended to reach the Arabian Gulf, all while providing a walking path as far as the Creek reaches.

Pedestrians have not always been in the picture in Dubai. Soaring temperatures during the summer and long distances between different localities have encouraged driving.

However, that does not mean that the pedestrian should be reduced to a marginalised sector of the society. More info