UAE Focus

$1.4bn highway inaugurated

February 2018

The UAE government has opened a major highway – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Project extending from Mafraq region of Abu Dhabi to the borders with Saudi Arabia – which has been built at a cost of Dh5.3 billion ($1.44 billion).

The 246-km-long highway, constructed by the Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) under the supervision of the Abu Dhabi Transport Department, could become the longest international interstate road of its kind in the world, said media reports.

The road upgrade was undertaken in several phases, covering 246 km of the 327-km highway, to significantly ease congestion and weather-related hazards for motorists, reported the state news agency Wam.

The project entailed increasing the number of lanes from two to least three lanes wide over the 64-km stretch from Barakah to Ghuwaifat, and up to four lanes wide in the182-km that span from Mafraq to Baynounah Forests.

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