Infinity Bridge Opens in Dubai_6

Infinity Bridge Now Opens in Dubai

Previously, those crossing over from Bur Dubai to Deira or the other way around had to take the Al Shindagha Tunnel, which passes underneath the Dubai Creek.

Now, they can do so over the water, thanks to the newly-opened Infinity Bridge, which was inaugurated His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The new bridge, an architectural marvel, has been named after the symbol for infinity, which is featured in its design. The infinity symbol is clearly visible when the bridge is viewed from the air. It symbolizes Dubai’s infinite ambitions.

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The Infinity Bridge has six lanes in each direction and is capable of accommodating 24,000 vehicles per hour. It also features a pedestrian and cycling track. Dubai has increasingly been challenging its residents to get fitter, and the combined pedestrian-cycling track is three metres wide, also running in both directions. Olivia Arthur, a resident of Dubai, who took the Infinity Bridge, said that the bridge takes just two minutes to cross over by car. Vehicles are permitted a maximum speed of 80 kmph over the Infinity Bridge.

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The Roads and Transport Authority has temporarily closed the Al Shindagha Tunnel, along with a series of traffic diversions that direct motorists to the Infinity Bridge.

  • Traffic heading to Bur Dubai from Deira Islands through Al Shindagha Tunnel will head to the Infinity Bridge towards Jumeirah using the flyover on Corniche Street.
  • Traffic originating from Abu Bakr Al Siddique Street is to turn left at Al Khaleej Street Junction and head to the Infinity Bridge towards Jumeirah using the flyover on Corniche Street.
  • Traffic originating from Al Mamzar is to continue on Al Khaleej Street, and pass through Abu Bakr Al Siddique Junction to reach the Infinity Bridge towards Jumeirah using the flyover on Corniche Street.
  • Traffic originating from Omar Bin Al Khattab Junction is to reach Infinity Bridge towards Jumeirah using the flyover on Corniche Street.
  • Traffic originating from Al Musalla Junction can head to the Omar Bin Al Khattab Junction, and make a left turn towards Infinity Bridge. Alternatively, they may continue on Al Musalla Street and use surface intersection JN13 to get on to Corniche Street and reach the Infinity Bridge.
  • Traffic originating from the Bus Station and Deira Islands Metro Station is to get on to Corniche Street and reach the Infinity Bridge using the road underneath the flyover on Corniche Street.

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The Infinity Bridge forms part of the Al Shindagha Corridor Project, which is estimated to cost AED 5.3 billion or $1.44 billion when completed in full. The Al Shindagha Corridor Project is expected to lend a fillip to several infrastructure projects in the area, such as the Dubai Seafront, Deira Islands, Port Rashid, and Dubai Maritime City. This is apart from serving Bur Dubai and Deira, the western and eastern parts of the Dubai Creek respectively.

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The Infinity Bridge has been opened with a eye on Dubai’s future traffic conditions. It has been projected that travelling across the Al Shindagha Corridor will take 104 minutes in 2030. The Infinity Bridge cuts short the travel time to just 16 minutes.

Residents of Dubai attest to the fact that the Infinity Bridge already saves time. According to Nasir Iqbal, the area is now free from traffic jams and saves around 15-30 minutes of travel time. Mohammed Ghulam Murtaza, a taxi driver from Bangladesh, confirms this, adding that while it hitherto took him 30 minutes to travel from Deira to Bur Dubai, it now takes him just seven minutes.

Shabeer Kizhur, who lives in Deira, said that the Infinity Bridge was a game changer. Whereas the trip from Deira to Karama used to take 16 minutes, crossing four signals, it now takes just six minutes and is a signal-free journey. He was also able to reach Port Rashid from Hyatt Regency in just three minutes.

The time that will be saved across the next two decades alone is believed to be worth AED 45 billion or $12.26 billion. About 70% of the Al Shindagha Corridor Project, which spans 13 km along Sheikh Rashid Street, Al Mina Street, Al Khaleej Street and Cairo Street, has been completed. Split into eleven phases, it is expected to be completed by 2027.

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