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05 December 2023

Another permanent exit from Discovery Garden coming soon

By Majorie van Leijen

Residents and visitors of Discovery Garden will soon be relieved with an additional solution to the traffic situation in the community. A new temporary exit from Discovery Garden has been prepared and is ready to be opened in less than two weeks.

“There will be an additional temporary exit to Discovery Garden at Interchange 6, leading to Sheikh Zayed Road. The road is currently under cinstruction but will be ready in a week,” said Hussein al Banna, director of the Traffic Department at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to Emirates 24/7 on the sidelines of the meet-and-greet celebration of the Gulf delegations in the context of Gulf Traffic Week today.

“We have been working on a quick-fix solution with master developer Nakheel. This is a temporary solution, in addition the existing temporary solution. Both of these will remain until we have worked out a permanent solution for the community, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year,” he explained.

Residents of the community, which is located just behind Ibn Battuta Mall in Jebel Ali area, faced some of the biggest traffic gridlocks last month when several elements deteriorated the already jammed traffic flow on the internal roads.
A combination of a road closure due to illegal crossovers on this road and the effect of rainfall, causing slow-driving traffic, led traffic in the community to reach an ultimate gridlock, with commuters reporting to be stuck for hours without moving out of the area.
In response to the traffic chaos, a temporary road was opened between Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan and the E77 (Al Yalayis Road), which connects Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Sheikh Zayed Road.

Furthermore, the RTA announced that two additional entry and exit points are under construction– one from junction 5.5, leading to Sheikh Zayed Road and another connecting the community to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

“These solutions will relieve the area a lot,” commented Al Banna.

Earlier, Maitha bin Adai, CEO of the Traffic and Roads Agency (TRA) at RTA told Emirates 24/7 that another  extension linking Discovery Gardens with Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Park and Emirates Hills would be realised by the end of 2014.
The link will dissolve access to Discovery Gardens and Ibn Battuta Mall from Sheikh Zayed Road. The road will be approximately 1.5 kilometers and form an extension of the existing Al Saada Street, while at the same time providing access to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road, she explained.