X

Select your currency

Suggested for you
  • IN Indian Rupee
    INR
  • AE UAE Dirham
    AED
All currency
  • DZ Algerian Dinar
    DZD
  • AO Angolan Kwanza
    AOA
  • AR Argentine Pesos
    ARS
  • AM Armenian Dram
    AMD
  • AW Aruban Florin
    AWG
  • AU Australian Dollar
    AUD
  • BH Bahraini Dinar
    BHD
  • TH Baht
    THB
  • PA Balboa
    PAB
  • BD Bangladeshi Taka
    BDT
  • BY Belarusian Rubles
    BYR
  • BZ Belize Dollars
    BZD
  • BM Bermuda Dollars
    BMD
  • BT Bhutanese ngultrum
    BTN
  • VE Bolivares Fuertes
    VEF
  • BR Brazilian Reais
    BRL
  • BI Burundian Franc
    BIF
  • KH Cambodian Riels
    KHR
  • CA Canadian Dollar
    CAD
  • CL Chilean Pesos
    CLP
  • CO Colombian Pesos
    COP
  • CR Colón
    CRC
  • CD Congolese Franc
    CDF
  • CU Cuban Pesos
    CUP
  • DK Danish Krone
    DKK
  • MK Denars
    MKD
  • DJ Djiboutian Franc
    DJF
  • DO Dominican Pesos
    DOP
  • VN Dong
    VND
  • EG Egyptian Pounds
    EGP
  • ET Ethiopian Birr
    ETB
  • HU Forint
    HUF
  • GE Georgian Lari
    GEL
  • GH Ghanaian Cedi
    GHS
  • PY Guarani
    PYG
  • GN Guinean Franc
    GNF
  • GY Guyanese Dollars
    GYD
  • HK Hong Kong Dollars
    HKD
  • UA Hryvnia
    UAH
  • IS Icelandic Krona
    ISK
  • IN Indian Rupee
    INR
  • ID Indonesian Rupiahs
    IDR
  • IR Iranian Rials
    IRR
  • JO Jordanian Dinar
    JOD
  • KE Kenyan Shilling
    KES
  • LA Kips
    LAK
  • CZ Koruny
    CZK
  • HR Kuna
    HRK
  • KW Kuwaiti Dinar
    KWD
  • LV Lati
    LVL
  • LB Lebanese Pounds
    LBP
  • BG Leva
    BGN
  • LY Libyan Dinar
    LYD
  • TR Lira
    TRY
  • LT Litai
    LTL
  • MG Malagasy Ariary
    MGA
  • MW Malawian Kwacha
    MWK
  • MV Maldivian Rufiyaa
    MVR
  • MX Mexican Pesos
    MXN
  • MD Moldovan Leu
    MDL
  • MA Moroccan Dirham
    MAD
  • MM Myanmar Kyat
    MMK
  • NG Nairas
    NGN
  • NA Namibian Dollars
    NAD
  • NP Nepali Rupee
    NPR
  • TW New Dollars
    TWD
  • RO New Lei
    RON
  • AZ New Manats
    AZN
  • IL New Shekels
    ILS
  • PE Nuevos Soles
    PEN
  • OM Omani Rial
    OMR
  • PK Pakistani Rupees
    PKR
  • PG Papua New Guinean Kina
    PGK
  • PH Philippine peso
    PHP
  • BW Pula
    BWP
  • QA Qatari Rials
    QAR
  • GT Quetzales
    GTQ
  • ZA Rand
    ZAR
  • MY Ringgits
    MYR
  • RU Russian Rubles
    RUB
  • RW Rwandan Franc
    RWF
  • SA Saudi Riyals
    SAR
  • SG Singapore Dollars
    SGD
  • KG Soms
    KGS
  • KR South Korean Won
    KRW
  • LK Sri Lankan Rupees
    LKR
  • SH St. Helena Pounds
    SHP
  • SD Sudanese pound
    SDG
  • UZ Sums
    UZS
  • SE Swedish Krona
    SEK
  • LI Switzerland Francs
    CHF
  • SY Syrian Pounds
    SYP
  • TJ Tajikistani Somoni
    TJS
  • TZ Tanzanian Shilling
    TZS
  • KZ Tenge
    KZT
  • MN Tugriks
    MNT
  • TN Tunisian Dinar
    TND
  • AE UAE Dirham
    AED
  • UG Ugandan Shilling
    UGX
  • UY Uruguayo Pesos
    UYU
  • BJ West African CFA franc
    XOF
  • YE Yemeni Rials
    YER
  • JP Yen
    JPY
  • ZM Zambian Kwacha
    ZMW
  • PL Zlotych
    PLN
  • ARE
    Select Currency

New Details

Al Ain Attracts Tourists As It Modernises City Roads- Preserves Historic Landmarks

Published on : 01-02-2024

Al Ain Attracts Tourists As It Modernises City Roads- Preserves Historic Landmarks

Outlandish sculptures praised by the locals are being relocated to retain the city's heritage amidst the modernisation drive. 

Al Ain has been loved for its road network and motif-punctuated roundabouts that the city dwellers love. For years, the centre-piece of the roundabouts has been orated with sculptures and unique artwork.

Now, modern development conducted by local authorities is about to bring a major transformation to the city which will attract both locals and tourists. Roundabouts are to be replaced by bridges and underpasses. Local authorities are aiming to reduce travel time for motorists and enhance the quality of life of locals and the experience of visitors by introducing this change.

The Department of Municipality and Transport, Abu Dhabi said the operations would take place in phases, to safely move sculptures and motifs to new locations preserving the city’s heritage.

“I am very happy that we have kept these landmarks because it's what makes the city so special.”- resident

Roundabouts were introduced in the UAE in the 1950s based on the UK's traffic system. However, because of the high traffic volume on the roads, they have been slowly phased out to make way for more efficient flyovers.

Preserving ancient landmarks

Al Ain is home to many roundabouts, including the famous Tawam roundabout, which is one of the oldest and was originally positioned as the first roundabout for motorists arriving in Al Ain from Abu Dhabi.

It became a landmark in the city thanks to its four distinctive horse statues – two white and two black – located behind hedges, palm trees, street maps and flower-lined walkways.

Now, the roundabout is being redeveloped into an underpass tunnel with a graded traffic junction to improve congestion.

Among the first to revamp were the Deer, Clock and Al Mandous roundabouts, in the heart of the city.

The sculpture erected at Al Mandous roundabout was initially installed at the intersection of Ali bin Abi Talib Street and Hessa bint Mohammed Street.

Built in 1968, The Clock Tower Roundabout, served as a point of reference and a symbol of the 135km distance between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Al Ain's identity

"People who have lived in Al Ain for a long time know about these iconic landmarks as they have become part of the city's identity.”- Resident, Al Ain

The regional director of AECOM, Adeeb Sami, has lived in Al Ain for three decades.

He said the city's road improvement project would attract visitors and tourists, which would inturn boost the city's economy.

Mr Sami said Al Ain had an advantage over other emirates and cities in the UAE because it is not as densely populated.

"Al Ain is a city with a different vision to Abu Dhabi and Dubai and it is not as populated as other cities in the UAE. It has been developed horizontally not vertically, which gives us an advantage when creating an intersection after removing the roundabouts," he said.

"There are no tall buildings in Al Ain so that is an advantage because the population per square kilometre is not like Abu Dhabi's, so that provides us with a margin that we can work with which provides flexibility to change the roundabouts."

#uae2024 #uaetravelupdates #uaetourism2024 #travelnews #latestnews #abudhabi #alain

 

News Source : The National News

Recent News

Subscribe for
Offers • Deals • Newsletters