Commuters lives are ruled by the city's roads where huge volumes of traffic can make a twenty minute journey into a three hour long grid-lock nightmare.
Many feel they are taking their lives in their hands when they leave home and workplaces to tackle the highway. This fear is not unfounded considering the UAE has the highest per capita accident rate in the world.
In 2004, Sharjah alone witnessed a total of 85, 000 accidents which is equivalent to 230 smashes per day.
Car insurers rough estimates say the number of accidents went up by at least 10,000 last year.
The monthly average figure of accident fatalities increased from 17 deaths a month last year to 19 deaths a month this year.
“The first 11 months of this year saw a noticeable increase in the number of road accident fatalities which reached 209 compared to the 11 months of last year which reported 185 deaths,” a senior police official said.
In an effort to ease traffic congestion, both sides of
A larger interchange is being built near Dubai Marina to help with the large projected increase in traffic.
Dubai Creek bridge, scheduled for completion in 2006, should have an impact, reducing traffic on both Emirates and Al Ittihad roads.
The first phase of
Source: “Gulf News” Dubai English daily
12 February 2006
It seems that the authorities in
The problem of traffic is best manifested in the everyday commute between Sharjah and
Tens of thousand employees queue everyday with their cars in the limited number of lanes leading the way from Sharjah to
The above measures would at some point ease the traffic problem, unless if there is continued increase of the number of people settling in the UAE.