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Abu Dhabi Ports says new 62km highway to enable growth plan

Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of the emirate’s commercial and community ports as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone, has hailed the opening of the new Mohammed bin Rashid Road as a “major milestone”.

Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said in a statement that the new highway, which opened on Tuesday, will enable Khalifa Port’s expansion and growth plans.

Al Shamisi said the motorway will serve as a strategic artery linking Abu Dhabi with the rest of UAE as well as the neighbouring countries, enhancing the emirate’s position in regional and international trade.

He added: “Abu Dhabi’s rapid expansion through large-scale infrastructure and construction projects has given rise to the need for a modern network of highways, to keep pace with the significant growth in truck traffic – both container and construction trucks.

“We will now have direct connections between the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain (E22) roads as well as other major domestic and international road networks.”

Al Shamisi also said that Abu Dhabi Ports welcomes the new road infrastructure for the benefits it brings for Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD).

He added that both manufacturers and exporters stand to gain from reduced operational costs, significantly easing container traffic and reducing travelling time between the port and the rest of the country.

The 62km-long road begins at the Emirates Road junction at Seih Shuaib and stretches to the Sweihan Road in Abu Dhabi, passing Al Maha Forest, Khalifa Port and KIZAD.

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