Abu Dhabi inaugurates a new bridge linking Bani Yas East and Bani Yas West


The state-of-the-art project improves traffic flow and reduces travel time from 11 minutes to just 3 minutes for residents traveling between East to West Baniyas.

Abu Dhabi, UAE: His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), today inaugurated a new bridge connecting Bani Yas East and Bani Yas West in Abu Dhabi. The inauguration ceremony was attended by His Excellency Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, Director General of Operational Affairs at the DMT, His Excellency Saif Badr Al Qubaisi, Director General of Abu Dhabi City Municipality, and  H.E. Abdulla Al Marzouqi, Director General of the Integrated Transport Centre, along with various other executives and officials.

Situated on Abu Dhabi Al Ain Road (E22), the new highway significantly improves traffic flow to and from Bani Yas and other nearby areas. It reduces travel time from 11 minutes to just 3 minutes for residents traveling between East to West Baniyas.

The interchange can accommodate around 1400 vehicles per hour traveling from E22 Abu Dhabi / Al Ain and 1100 vehicles per hour traveling from East or West Baniyas.

The project includes the construction of the upper intersection linking east and west Bani Yas, as well as associated roads, the transformation of the current East Bani Yas roundabout into a light signal intersection, as well as the construction of pedestrian ramps. The project also involved demolishing existing pedestrian tunnels, the transport and protection of water and communication lines, irrigation lines and the sewage line, as well as street lighting and the electricity distribution network.

His Excellency Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi stated: “The new bridge in Abu Dhabi marks a significant milestone for Abu Dhabi, connecting communities and providing improved accessibility for residents and visitors alike. Its innovative design and state-of-the-art features demonstrate Abu Dhabi’s commitment to modernity and progress, while also enhancing the city’s infrastructure and promoting economic growth.

For his part, his Excellency Saif Badr Al Qubaisi confirmed that the new bridge is a crucial part of Abu Dhabi City Municipality’s strategic plans aimed at enhancing the infrastructure system to accommodate the anticipated increase in population and road users. This demonstrates the Municipality’s commitment to delivering sustainable services and meeting the society’s expectations. The new bridge is designed to boost economic growth and improve traffic flow from East and West Bani Yas and other nearby areas while adhering to the highest traffic safety standards.

Furthermore, H.E. Al Qubaisi emphasized that the new bridge underscores the Municipality’s dedication to continuously improving and developing the critical components of the infrastructure network on Abu Dhabi Island and the mainland. This will increase its efficiency and preserve the emirate’s competitiveness in the infrastructure sector, positioning Abu Abu Dhabi as one of the world’s top cities in terms of infrastructure systems, roads, bridges and tunnels. Together, these elements form a traffic ecosystem that aligns with the comprehensive development witnessed at all levels in Abu Dhabi.

The project also includes the construction of the main bridge consisting of concrete slab and external and internal pillars, the construction of two bridges consisting of a single sea slab, pillars and foundations, as well as the construction of a CCTV system, traffic lights, pedestrian signs, fibre optic cables and connectivity to the Abu Dhabi Traffic Management Centre, as well as the implementation of natural cosmetics, sanitation and speed camera transmissions.

The interchange features 210 energy-saving lighting poles, and the asphalt area used in the project is 195,580 square meters. The bridge is one of the strategic infrastructure projects aimed at providing world-class infrastructure, enhancing community welfare, and creating a business-friendly environment that ensures the best possible quality of life for the emirate’s citizens, residents, and visitors.

Abu Dhabi City Municipality emphasizes its keenness to observe the conditions of environmental sustainability, in accordance with the highest standards and the highest international standards, by applying best practices to conserve natural resources, protect the environment and reduce energy consumption, ensure that quality processes are monitored during the implementation of the project, as well as achieve the aspirations of members of the community towards finding safe roads with global safety standards.

About the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT):

The Department of Municipalities and Transport was established by Law No. 30 of 2019, and its main priorities are to realize the vision of the leadership which draws on the vision of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to embrace progress by placing great value on the importance of pursuing development in line with both the needs of present and future generations and the community in general.

The authority embodies the values of good governance, driven by the needs of the community it serves and working with a passion to accomplish its aims. The Department focuses on finding the most effective means of providing essential, modern, responsive and comprehensive municipal services across three regional municipalities, and supports Abu Dhabi’s global position as a leader in innovation-led urban planning and transportation, as part of the Abu Dhabi government’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards to the benefit of all citizens and residents of the emirate.  

The DMT is responsible for continually investing in the development of better infrastructure, facilities and transportation sectors within the emirate, guiding, regulating and monitoring urban development to enhance Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a world-class destination to live, work and visit. 

The DMT also ensures the highest standards of safety, security, sustainability and technological development of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s land, air and maritime transport networks, in accordance with the highest international standards and the UAE’s legislation with the objective of being the region’s connection to the world.

The Department’s aspirations are driven by the simple proposition of innovating and building sustainable smart cities, fostering a capacity to change and adapt in order to maintain excellence in services and sustaining prosperity for future generations, allowing the entire Abu Dhabi community to reach their full potential.