Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE

Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE

Construction work begun this week in Abu Dhabi on what is likely to be the Middle East’s longest road tunnel, stretching 3 km underneath the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The tunnel, which connects Abu Dhabi’s north east entrance to Port Zayed, is being constructed 15 m beneath Al Salam Street and, once opened in 2011, is expected to divert significant levels of traffic away from the city centre.

The 3 km tunnel is part of a AED 3 billion (US$ 817 million) infrastructure project for the capital of the UAE that also includes construction of a 500 m flyover connecting the city to Reem Island.

Once complete, the tunnel is expected to accommodate four lanes of traffic in each direction and feature state-of-the-art safety, monitoring and control systems.

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