Oh, that's OK then, we can all relax and drive about the place without any problems.
No more 'can't go there, the traffic's too bad' mutterings from us.
Want to go to dinner in Deira when you live in Dubai Marina? It's not going to be a problem any more, obviously.
Who tells us this? None other than Engineer Maitha Obaid Bin Udai, who as we all know is in a position to know these things. She is indeed the Chief Executive Officer, Traffic & Roads Agency at our beloved RTA.
The eagerly-anticipated Salik road toll
Maitha Obaid Bin Udai with Salik sticker.
Photo: Gulf News
Maitha says the toll will not create traffic congestion (contradicting the Chief of Traffic Police and the entire motoring public of Dubai). Even though it starts to operate on July 1st it somehow links in with the future - 'the expected opening of the floating bridge, the new (2008) Al Garhoud Bridge, the widening (when?) of Emirates Road'.
And "...the floating bridge will reduce traffic on Maktoum Bridge by 37%."
Ummmm...the toll on Garhoud Bridge will send more traffic to Maktoum bridge. That's the whole idea of it, to get traffic off Garhoud.
My head hurts.
Gulf News report: Salik is coming.