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17 April 2024

Accidents hit traffic across Dubai

By Bindu Suresh Rai

Some have described it as a mere ‘fender bender’, but the accident at JAFZA, which has snowballed into multiple smaller incidents, has caused a traffic jam that refuses to let up.

At 9.30am, eyewitness accounts claim that traffic is still crawling until Jebel Ali Gate 5, with two road accidents causing the chaos that has seen people stuck in traffic for more than an hour this morning.
Meanwhile, Dubai Police has also reported of two other accidents, one on Business Bay bridge, the other on Al Garhoud bridge towards Al Rabat street.
Two accidents were reported earlier this morning that had brought traffic to a standstill on Al Ain-Dubai highway and Sheikh Zayed Road, Abu Dhabi bound.
This, in turn, has led to traffic jams now being reported on Al Khail Road.
Eyewitnesses reported of a car that has flipped over on Route 66, heading into Dubai, approximately at 7.30am, with traffic backing up as authorities handle the situation on site.
STS Global tweeted: “Accident on Al Ain Road, Dubai bound near the Outlet Mall - slow traffic.”
Narayan Kumar who lives in Dubai Silicon Oasis said: “The traffic situation has caused tailbacks in DSO. I haven’t see how bad it is at the site, but can only request others to stop rubbernecking and pray no one was seriously injured.”
The accident has been cleared since.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Zayed Road has traffic woes of its own from Exit 13 onwards, heading into Abu Dhabi, with Dubai Police confirming an accident, saying: “An accident has been reported on SZR towards Abu Dhabi opposite Jebel Ali port, please be extra cautious.”
With one person describing the scene as “havoc”, others are reporting multiple accidents in wake of the earlier one in front of JAFZA, with commuters are feeling the tailbacks on the highway, along with the smaller arteries that lead into Sheikh Zayed Road.
Fares Asadi tweeted: “If you’re heading to Abu Dhabi, traffic is at standstill right after Dubai Marina.”
Maryam D added: “Horrible traffic next to Jebel Ali and Ibn Battuta. So bad am tweeting to warn you about it. Multiple accidents.”
Meanwhile, an eyewitness reported on traffic finding it difficult to exit Discovery Gardens due to the tailbacks, while Hessa Street leading towards Sheikh Zayed Road is also at a near standstill.
Ann Marie, who drives down Al Wasl Road also reported more than usual traffic on the stretch leading to Jumeirah, adding: “The traffic line at the turn offs onto Sheikh Zayed Road were terribly long this morning, blocking one of the free moving lanes as cars spilled into the fast lane while waiting.”
Dedra Stevenson tweeted: “Attention every Dubai or Abu Dhabi employer of a Sharjah resident. We are all late today due to insane traffic.”
Ali Ramadan tweeted: “One as got to love how a small fender bender created a one hour 35min traffic on a six-lane stretch from Jebal Ali Ports.”