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Dubai to rename 22,000 streets within five years

Streets renamed in Dubai

New integrated address system is underway with 430 streets already renamed.

October 22, 2013 11:53 by

The initiative will see the city divided into several sectors, with each one divided into smaller communities, thus ensuring that every division, street name and building number is clearly allocated.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will handle the project, which replaces streets that are currently identified using a basic numbering method. Despite the prevalence of the pre-existing address system, the RTA has already begun renaming streets in certain areas.

Road 312 is now First Al Khail Street, 11A Street is now Al Manara Street, 319 street is now Latifa Bint Hamdan Street and there are also examples of the RTA renaming streets that already have names, such as Al Diyafah Street, which became 2nd of December Street in late 2011.

Maitha Obaid Bin Udai, CEO of the RTA’s traffic and roads agency, says: “As part of this plan, Dubai is now being divided into sectors and each sector further sub-divided into communities. Locating a building is now easy and people shall now be using the building number, street name and sector. It will be an easier and simpler way of finding a place for delivery and emergency vehicles as well.”

Jumeirah is set to have street names reflecting the marine environment, adds Maitha. Similarly, street names in the Financial District will reflect various traditional currencies, to help locate streets logically.

“Names used for Dubai roads reflect its heritage and culture, enhancing the local identity, while also connecting the present generation with its rich history. We are working on proposals to name streets in particular areas based on a relevant theme,” he says.

Maitha claims that 90 per cent of international cities use names for streets, which encouraged the RTA to adopt a similar system. The ambitious Dubai project will be carried out in several phases and should be finished within five years.

“Using numbers complicate the process of locating a building, particularly for emergency vehicles as numbers keep repeating in every area. The decision to get rid of the numbering system was taken after reviewing international best practises and benchmarking it against cities similar to Dubai,” he concludes.

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