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The new toll gate is estimated to generate more than AED 300 million in annual revenues.
What Is It?
The new Salik gate on Sheikh Zayed Road after Ibn Battuta Mall heading towards Abu Dhabi will become operational on October 24. The new toll gate is the third on Sheikh Zayed Road and the seventh overall across Dubai. The Jebel Ali toll gate is expected to ease pressure on Sheikh Zayed Road by redistributing traffic movements to alternative roads and promoting smoother traffic flow by encouraging motorists to use the 62-km Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Road. The Salik gate is part of the parallel and supporting roads of the Sheikh Zayed Road, and diverts part of the traffic from it to parallel roads such as Al Asayel Road, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road, Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road and the Emirates Road through Al Yalayes Road, the RTA said.
The new Salik gate has not been well received by some residents as this adds to daily expenses as a resident will now have to shell out an extra AED 4 for every trip to the Capital, starting October 24. “I will have to shoulder this extra cost as my company is not giving us any Salik allowance,” said one resident. “My expenses are increasing but my take-home pay is not,” he added. The new toll gate is estimated to generate more than AED 300 million in annual revenues. This will be added to the estimated AED 2 billion in annual revenues generated by Salik gates in Dubai.
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