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28 September, 2006

The first circle of Hell

We knew it had to happen, but the prospect of two and a half-years of construction at Defence Roundabout is absolutely terrifying:

"Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director, Roads and Transport Authority, said the construction on the First Interchange on Shaikh Zayed would start on 4 October this year. It will be completed in 30 months at a cost of Dh617 million."

Given the sheer, congested, confused hell of the under-construction Media City interchange over the past year, the pain when the already perma-gridlocked Defence Roundabout is fiddled with will be unbearable.

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16 Comments:

Blogger marwan said...

Isn't the light rail project also due around then? Evidently our road planners watched Double Dare as youths.

Seriously, with all these roadblock 'projects' we'll be detouring through Oman soon.

28 September, 2006 04:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man i am sooooooo glad i live and work in jebel ali

28 September, 2006 05:03  
Anonymous Gridlock said...

In the words of Homer, "mmmm perma-gridlock"

28 September, 2006 06:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know it is for the long term good of the city - however they must be stopped...

I suggest we use the wild life route. We need to flood the plains either side of the roundabout and tempt the flamingoes to nest here.

Either that or discover an hitherto unknown sand lizard that need protecting, the "The Roger Egbert Two Thumbs Up Sand Gecko" or some such... any one have the WWF number?

28 September, 2006 08:07  
Blogger halfmanhalfbeer said...

When I saw this article this morning my heart sank. I live pretty near Defence and use it quite a lot. Well that's my life buggered up for the next two years then.

HMHB

28 September, 2006 08:49  
Blogger ironcurtain24 said...

Now off the topic.... I just read one russian billioner killed in his suite in Burj Al Arab... Woow... Somethimng really is happening in the sandland...

28 September, 2006 10:35  
Anonymous oink oink said...

Wildlife? haha-hoho! Every last Francolin has been driven from its nest in the great flattening out of Al Wasl Subsection 2 to provide housing for nationals; same goes for a lot of other areas. Now the Lagoons project will probably put to flight the entire host of flamebirds...which animal did you say you wanted to protect...not the sandfish I saw struggling across 6 lanes of Deira traffic, is it?

That apart, with the Burj Dubai township on one side and DIFC on the other due to be completed soon, all bang next to the flyover in question, don't tell me none of you saw this coming...

28 September, 2006 10:55  
Blogger MD said...

I shudder to imagine the traffic...brrr...

28 September, 2006 11:44  
Anonymous W T H - No Broxy said...

Is it me or is Etisalads Broxy down ?

I can get to hi5, myspace, xanga and no am not in media city or in EmaarLand .... :?

Observed at 1220 UAE local time

Someone please confirm

28 September, 2006 12:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

time to buy a helicopter... that has to be the dumbest planning idea ever.

28 September, 2006 12:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my God, you're right!! I can access MySpace.com

28 September, 2006 13:12  
Blogger Alex said...

Got a link for that Russian?

28 September, 2006 13:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was bound to happen. Might aswell start it now rather than wait until the traffic is even worse. Something really needs to be done to get people off SZR rather than just adding more lanes and interchanges. The metro is a good option IMO. I look forward to the day when I can hop on the train and be in town in 30 mins

29 September, 2006 01:10  
Blogger marwan said...

What happened to the Burj murder post?

29 September, 2006 01:13  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I was waiting for a source, which I've now got (thanks to 7Days) and while I don't believe a word of the "official" explanation, due to other, uprintable information I have received, it's all I can go with.

Republishing now...

29 September, 2006 01:20  
Anonymous sock puppet said...

hmm.. yeah myspace is now acccessible... i wonder what happened...

did allah change his mind? it was bad before, but now it's good.

religion is sometimes funny... things are considered to be a sin for a long time, and then it's deemed to be ok...

what next? prostitution, gambling, co-habitation, public consumption of alcohol will be legalized eventually. makes me wonder why the transition needs to be so long and tortuous.

if myspace has been deemed to be ok now, then myspace has always been ok (the website itself hasn't changed). so that means at one point, the stupid islamic laws considered myspace to be bad, even though it was ok. thus islam and religion are full of shit.

01 October, 2006 12:16  

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