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RTA kicks off construction of 13 new pedestrian bridges
The total number of footbridges is set to reach 105 by 2016
Roads & Transport Authority – Abdul Fattah Haidrah:
The total number of pedestrian bridges constructed in Dubai has soared to as much as 74 by the end of last year, and the number is set to hit 105 bridges by 2016 as part of efforts made to serve road users in different parts of Dubai.
Engineer Maitha bin Udai, Executive Director of the Traffic & Roads Agency, Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), announced the start of construction works in 13 new footbridges out 31 bridges intended to be constructed by the Agency over the next 5 years, adding that RTA is making strenuous efforts to serve pedestrians in the surroundings of the metro stations in order to ensure smooth & safe public transit.
"The technical & engineering procedures taken by the Agency in pedestrians facilities are subjected to stringent traffic safety rules which are fully aligned with the best international practices & standards currently adopted for the safety of road users; which is why Dubai Emirate ranks higher than many other cities in the advanced world in terms of the infrastructure built for serving pedestrians," said Maitha.
"The RTA has opened two pedestrian bridges this year; the first one in Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, and the other in the Emirates Hills. During the past two years, RTA opened many other footbridges in Khalid bin Al Waleed, Al Mankhool, Bani Yas, Damascus, Al Rasheed, and Al Rabat Roads in addition to Abu Baker Al Siddique Road.
"Pedestrian bridges currently being constructed by the Agency span various districts of Dubai, including two bridges in Emirates Road; one near the Fruits & Vegetables Market and the other near workers accommodation at Al Awir. Other bridges are located in Al Mina, Sheikh Rashid, Umm Suqeim, Al Wuhaidah, Amman, Latifa bint Hamdan, Abu Baker Al Siddique and Al Khaleej Roads.
"The newly designed pedestrian bridges have a lot of features rendering them iconic landmarks of Dubai Emirate as they are fitted with modern electrical facilities featuring designs inspired by the traditional landmarks of the Emirate or depicting contemporary patterns of modern cities.
"The Traffic & Roads Agency is working in line with specific standards set for the design & construction of pedestrian bridges in Dubai roads such as commissioning of traffic studies that give due consideration to population density of the area, road speed, and service facilities on both roadsides. Solutions figured out by such studies are being translated into technical & traffic projects for pedestrian bridges, pedestrian crossings, or light signals.
"The efforts made by the Agency to curb pedestrian accidents are not restricted to technical procedures but are built on three core aspects i.e. engineering procedures, traffic safety standards, and awareness campaigns targeting community members, particularly students. The key problem facing traffic awareness champions is that considerable numbers of individuals, especially Asian workers, are unaware of traffic safety rules, thus the key challenge lies in educating them on the importance of using safe transit means such as pedestrian crossings, tunnels, and bridges in order to avoid run-over accidents. Therefore the RTA is always running awareness campaigns focusing on workers concentration areas such as Jebel Ali, Al Qouz and Sonapur.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Empower’s district cooling consumption rose 23.2% in July 2012 against same period last year
Remarkable district cooling increase in consumption reflects the rebound in the UAE economy
Dubai, UAE, 26th August 2012: Emirates Central Cooling Corporation (Empower), the largest district cooling service provider in the region, has said that consumption of district cooling provided by the company rose by 23.2 percent in July 2012, compared to same period last year. The company also reported that its total square footage committed to district cooling has achieved a remarkable increase.
Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said that the increase reflects the economy rebound in the UAE and it shows that the country is on the right way to partially outperform conventional AC systems in the favour of district cooling. He added that with every increase in district cooling consumption there is savings being achieved in electricity and water consumption in Dubai which contributes in reserving the natural resources of the emirate. He stressed that Dubai is increasing its dependence on district cooling for the better of the environment and to reduce operating and maintenance costs of chilling.
Bin Shafar added that this increase in district cooling consumption came as a result of Empower’s higher occupancy rate that reached 16.1 % in Jumeirah Beach Residence, Al Khail Gate, Dubai International Financial Centre and TECOM C. Moreover, the company is serving new buildings in Business Bay and Ghoroub Mirdif. Empower also is operating new plants in Business Bay and Dubai Academic City.
Bin Shafar added that Empower is serving more number of real estate projects in the UAE and the company is witnessing more growth than the district cooling industry in the country.
Empower's district cooling systems (DCS) provide effective and efficient means of air conditioning. Water is cooled in central plants and distributed through a network of piping systems to individual customer buildings. Empower which is a joint venture between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and TECOM Investments has world class work-stations being built on various locations in the Emirate of Dubai.
Bin Shafar said that Empower is well prepared to cater to the demand of district cooling through building up new plants to increase its production. He said that with the rapidly increasing penetration of district cooling in Dubai, the Emirate is in a leading position in the world in supporting green initiatives which district cooling is part of it.
Empower has increased its production capacity and the company is adopting latest worldwide technology to offer qualitative service to its customers round the clock through an advanced and high quality electronic system.
Empower has developed a world class district cooling infrastructure and network. The company has worked on enhancing the awareness of society to the importance of new technology in saving the operating and maintenance costs, user friendliness and high levels of conserving the environment.