Watch out motorists, there’s a new Salik gate coming up by the end of this year and based on its location, motorists in Abu Dhabi may want to get a Salik tag too.
New Salik gate will be after Ibn Battuta Mall
Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority(RTA) is installing its seventh Salik gate after Ibn Battuta Mall near Energy metro station. It will be the third one on Sheikh Zayed Road, one of the busiest roads in the country used by those commuting between Dubai and Abu Dhabi on a daily basis. The other gates are at Al Mamzar, Maktoum Bridge, Garhoud bridge, Business Bay, Airport Tunnel and near Mall of The Emirates.
Gate will open by in October
From October 24th, the gate will be operational and the cost of crossing the gate will be four dirhams. With this gate, it means motorists will have to pay a total of 12 dhs to drive across Sheikh Zayed Road, crossing three gates. The good part, however, is that it will reduce traffic congestion. According to RTA, the new gate is expected to reduce the traffic flow by 25%.
Several alternative route options
Motorists will still have options besides using Sheikh Zayed Road. Mattar Al Tayer, RTA’s Director-General said “Motorists will be able to use alternative roads such as the Emirates Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan road and Al Khail road. The alternative roads also make it hassle-free to drive Sharjah bound.