Dubai RTA launches $76m street light project in 40 streets and districts

Dubai is set to undergo a transformative change with the announcement of a groundbreaking street lighting project by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

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AED 278 million street lighting project

The ambitious initiative, valued at AED278 million ($75.7 million), aims to cover 40 districts and streets across the city, symbolizing a significant leap towards modernizing Dubai's urban landscape.

Street Lighting Plan 2023-2026

The project aligns seamlessly with the Street Lighting Plan 2023–2026, a strategic roadmap crafted by the RTA to bolster the infrastructure of road network facilities. In order to address the problems brought about by urban expansion and population growth, this comprehensive plan must keep up with Dubai's rapid development.

Traffic safety and security

Mr. Mattar Al Tayer, the RTA Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, has stressed that improving traffic safety and security for pedestrians and cars alike is the fundamental objective of the Streetlighting Plan. Residents and tourists in the designated locations will hopefully benefit from this forward-thinking project.

Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Development

Innovative technology tailored to the specific weather patterns of the United Arab Emirates will be part of the Streetlighting Plan's rollout. The project utilizes energy-efficient LED technology, which significantly reduces energy consumption by 55% and increases longevity by an amazing 173% when compared to traditional lighting units. Reducing the frequency of light bulb changes has several benefits, including contributing to a greener economy and streamlining operational costs.

Past achievements and future targets

The initial phase of the plan, focusing on Al Qusais Industrial Areas 1 to 5, Al Lusaily, and Lahbab 1 and 2, is near completion. In 2024, the project will extend its reach to previously unlit roads in Mirdif, Al Baraha, Oud Metha, Al Waheda, Al Hudaiba, Al Satwa, Abu Hail, and Al Bada’a. The installation will further progress to cover Umm Suqeim, Al Safa, Al Manara, and various streets and parking areas in Jumeirah.

Looking ahead, the roadmap includes an expansion of streetlighting works in 2025 and 2026, encompassing numerous districts and streets. These include Al Quoz, Nad Al Hamar, Al Awir, Al Mamzar, Oud Al Muteena, Al Garhoud, Business Bay, and Ras Al Khor Industrial Areas, emphasizing the comprehensive nature of this transformative project set to redefine Dubai's nocturnal landscape.

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