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10 December 2023

Dubai highways face morning traffic gridlock

By Bindu Suresh Rai

It was not a good morning for commuters, with traffic jams reported across Dubai, Sharjah and parts of Abu Dhabi, with several frustrated drivers predicting “considerable” delays.

It was not until mid-morning that the traffic did clear up.

Earlier, traffic coming in from Dubai Silicon Oasis onto Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, via Route 66, are facing delays with one commuter calling the stretch “a carpark”.

K Sridhar, who passed by on the route earlier, said: “This route is particularly sticky in the mornings due to the influx of cars from DSO and the Sky Courts area.

“But yes, today was busier than usual. I would give an additional 20 minutes to the drive time today.”

Meanwhile, there is also slow moving traffic being reported at the Trade Centre roundabout, “with day two Arab Health Conference at the Dubai World Trade Centre adding to the chaos,” said Twitter user Khalid Al Mas.

The situation is also reportedly sticky heading onto Sheikh Zayed Road, heading towards Jebel Ali.

Head towards Tecom and the Gardens Community and commuters are experiencing their own woes, with Twitter user Navin Bhandari confirming the usual battle on the roads on Hessa Street, heading towards Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road.

The Umm Sequim exit from Al Khail Road also has some unidentified debris being reported on the highway, with drivers being cautioned.

User Muskey tweeted of the Gardens jam, simply saying: “Traffic at Discovery Gardens is horrible.”

The area particularly sticky is the roundabout near Winchester School, according to eyewitness accounts.

Sharjah commuters, meanwhile, should brace for the National Paints junction construction chaos, along with the highway into Dubai also facing more than usual jams, according to tweets.

Roads in the capital are considerably fog-free this morning, with Abu Dhabi Police tweeting of jams, saying: “Traffic congestion and delays on Arabian Gulf Road before Musaffah Bridge outbound Abu Dhabi.”