Kate-Lynne Wolmarans25 Apr 2017 AT 02:21 PM

Dubai’s Floating Bridge to close for the weekend

Feat not! You can still use the Al Maktoum Bridge
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans25 Apr 2017 AT 02:21 PM
Dubai’s Floating Bridge to close for the weekend
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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have just announced that they will be closing the Floating Bridge yet again this weekend…If you haven’t ventured out of Dubai Marina since you first moved here (don’t worry we haven’t either), it’s a big deal because it’s one of the main roads that link to the Dubai Airport.

The decision to close the bridge from 10pm on Thursday to 6am on Saturday comes as result of water traffic that has seen a rapid increase since the Dubai Water Canal opened late last year.

If you are heading to the airport this weekend or just looking to unwind at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club we suggest that you take Al Maktoum Bridge (it may be further but at least it’s open).

If you’re worried about tolls, don’t be because the CEO of RTA’s Traffic & Roads Agency Maitha bin Adai has announced that the corresponding extension over Al Maktoum Bridge is free.

“The extended duration of the Floating Bridge closure will be matched by a corresponding extension of the free crossing over Al Maktoum Bridge.

“The decision has been taken in the light of specialist and comprehensive traffic studies, which revealed that Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Garhoud Bridge and Al Shandagha Tunnel are capable of accommodating the traffic movement in the area on Fridays where it is significantly less,” she said.

If you’re one of those people who don’t like change, you can always take the metro.

The Dubai Metro goes directly to Airport Terminal 1 and 3. If you’re looking to go to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht club get off at Deira City Centre and cross at the zebra crossing.

Just note that the Dubai Metro only operates from 10am on Fridays.

If your flight is earlier, congratulations, you have an excuse to Uber’s new economy class service uberX.

The thrifty innovation will see your trip start on AED5 with your fare going up by AED1.37 per kilometer and AED0.4 per minute, all you have to do is select the uberX option.

That said, there’s also regular RTA taxis and buses.

If none of these suggestions trigger your fancy, then we suggest you postpone your trip until further notice. 

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