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Roads Division

In 2008, Law No. 4 of 2006 was amended by Law No. 5 of 2008 to give The Department of Transport (DoT) the mandate of enhancing and developing Public Transport and Main Roads in Abu Dhabi in line with Abu Dhabi Plan 2030.

In response to this mandate, DoT started assessing the current state of the roads infrastructure in Abu Dhabi and its ability to entertain the increasing demand on the use of roads by different modes of transport. Upon the completion of the assessment phase, DoT initiated a number of  master plans highlighting the challenges and recommendations towards meeting its objectives.

The master plans initiated by the DoT cover the requirements of the different modes of transport within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and shed the light on some major development requirements to the road network and infrastructure in Abu Dhabi, especially on main roads and highways.

The roads infrastructure is being developed in accordance with the priorities highlighted in the surface transport master plans (STMPs).  

Roles and Responsibilities

DoT maintains all main roads’ assets and ensures that road networks operate efficiently, safely and with minimal impact on the environment.  

Challenges and Responses

DoT faces many challenges in pursuing its objectives. With traffic demand predicted to grow five-fold between 2008 and 2030, road congestion will become intolerable unless priority is given to the development of attractive alternatives to the usage of personal vehicles.

In response to these challenges, a closely coordinated effort is required to:

  •  Improve public transport and encourage a shift away from the usage of personal vehicles.
  • Strike a balance between serving road users - freight as well as passengers - and facilitating public transport.
  • Promote trade and economic growth by facilitating the accessibility of regional areas.
  • Strike a balance between the development of new road capacity, measures to improve the efficiency of existing roads and the need to maintain roads assets to a high standard. And, most importantly,
  • Reduce the crash rates by raising safety awareness and the safety-related standards of roads, traffic operations, road vehicles, drivers and pedestrians.



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