RTA, Dubai Municipality discuss Dubai Water Canal, Jumeirah Corniche projects
Roads & Transport Authority – Mohammed Al Munji:
H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), has recently held a meeting with H.E. Hussain Nasir Lootah, Director General of the Dubai Municipality, during which the two parties discussed the water flow in Dubai Creek after the completion of construction works in the Dubai Water Canal, Jumeirah Corniche Project, and the construction & widening of marine transport stations.
At the start of the meeting, Al Tayer thanked the Dubai Municipality, headed by its Director General H.E. Hussain Lootah, for the great cooperation and coordination with the RTA in various fields relating to the business of the two civic bodies. Al Tayer indicated that such coordination resulted in streamlining several procedures as regards the processing of customers transactions in a smooth environment.
For his part, Lootah commended the ongoing coordination and communication between the Dubai Municipality and the RTA which, he says, has contributed to boosting the sharing of knowledge, expertise and practices between the two parties. Such interaction has become a defining business approach adopted by all authorities and departments of the Dubai Government, considering it the only viable means for delivering best-in-class services to customers, noted Lootah.
The meeting reviewed studies related to the flow & quality of the water stream in the Dubai Water Canal; which links the Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf, passing through the Dubai downtown in a course stretching 3 km. Discussions also touched on measures to be taken to ensure and improve the quality of water in the Dubai Creek as per stipulations of the Municipality applicable in the Emirate.
The Municipality’s delegation was acquainted with the work progress in the Jumeirah Corniche extending 14 km from the beach overlooking six residential communities starting from the backyard of the Dubai Marine Beach Resort up to Burj Al Arab Hotel. Last February the RTA started construction works of the project which is set to be accomplished in November this year.
The two parties also discussed various cooperation and coordination aspects and addressed the requisites of making this vital project a success, compatible with the highest international practices, and completing it within the specified timeline.
The meeting reviewed the deliverables of the Marine Transport Master Plan which included the expansion of the marine transport stations in 2014 to serve highly populous tourist & urban destinations in order to ease the movement of residents & tourists and keep pace with the huge growth in the ridership of marine transit means comprising abras, water bus, water taxi and Dubai ferry; which combined have lifted about 13.223 million passengers last year. The marine transport plan also envisages the expansion of Al Mamzar, and the Jumeirah Open Beach to accommodate both the Dubai Ferry and the Water Taxi, and the construction of a new marine transport station at Al Jaddaf with a view to boosting the integration of multi-modal mass transit systems at Al Jaddaf; which houses a metro station, marine transport station, and public bus station.
The meeting was attended from the RTA by Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of Traffic & Roads Agency as well as Mohammed Al Ali, Acting CEO of Public Transport Agency. From the Dubai Municipality attended engineer Salim Musmaar, Assistant Director General for Environment & Health Control; and Engineer Dawood Al Hajri, Director of Planning, in addition to a host of Directors from both sides.
Al Tayer and Lootah during the meeting