Dubai Ruler pledges $3bn for northern UAE infra upgrades

Dubai Ruler pledges $3bn for northern UAE infra upgrades
HH Sheikh Mohammed reviewed infrastructure projects in the northern region of the UAE.
Published: 27 February 2019 - 6:45 a.m.
By: Oscar Rousseau

A budget of $2.9bn (AED11bn) has been allocated to modernise infrastructure in the UAE’s northern region by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

The Dubai Ruler toured under-construction developments in Ajman and Umm Al Quwain on 26 February, including Al Muntazi Residential Complex and Al Shuhada City Complex.

Among the plans approved by HH Sheikh Mohammed was a $272m (AED1bn) scheme to restore Al Ittihad Street, the oldest arterial road linking the UAE.

These developments come as the Emirates' stakeholders seek to ensure that the country's desert communities and regions receive improved connectivity and mobility through a modern road network.

HH Sheikh Mohammed said the continual advancement of infrastructure in the UAE would benefit “sustainable development”, and stressed that no part of the country is “beyond its coverage”.

He added: "All road and transportation projects in the UAE aim to provide the highest quality services to our citizens. The UAE's transportation system is a key part of its infrastructure projects, and it translates our future vision of sustainable development.

“Our field visits are ongoing, and our development projects will not stop. The UAE will always advance economically, culturally, and socially,” he said.

The UAE's Minister of Infrastructure Development, Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, joined HH Sheikh Mohammed on his tour, and called on contractors and project planners to invest in artificial intelligence to support construction.

Al Nuaimi said the adoption of nascent disruptive technologies can help support the UAE’s goal of elevating its expertise in various industries.

He also provided an update on the road connecting Sha'am to Muscat, and a north-south highway within Ras Al Khaimah. The projects were implemented in two stages and cover 30km, with a budget of $141m (AED520m).

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