Dubai to build new rest stops for truck drivers

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded contracts for constructing three all-inclusive Truck Rest Stops in partnership with the private sector.

One contract is with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and two others with Almutakamela Vehicle Testing and Registration.

The truck rest stops will be built over a total area of more than 226,000 square metres with a capacity to accommodate about 500 trucks and heavy vehicles.

The three stations will provide an array of services to enhance the safety and wellbeing of drivers, including residential quarters, maintenance workshops, restaurants, prayer rooms, driver training centres, clinics, pharmacies, exchange shops, laundry and other support services.

They are situated in key areas near major roads and logistical facilities that witness a considerable movement of trucks.

International standards will be applied to ensure the safe entry and exit of vehicles.

The rest stop undertaken by Almutakamela Vehicle Testing and Registration will come up on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, near Jebel Ali Free Zone and Al Maktoum International Airport.

It spans 100,000 square metres and has a capacity of 200 trucks and heavy vehicles.

The second station, which is undertaken by ADNOC, is situated near Emirates Road, next to the Al Tayy Racetrack. It has an area of 76,000 square metres and a capacity of 150 vehicles.

The third station, which is also undertaken by Almutakamela, is located nearby the entry to the Dubai Industrial City (DIC) and covers 51,000 square metres and has a capacity of approximately 120 trucks and heavy vehicles.

"The construction of these Trucks Rest Stops contributes to solving issues of parking trucks on main roads and residential areas and meets the rising demand for trucks parking spaces. This is particularly crucial as trucks in Dubai make more than 300 thousand trips, transporting approximately 1.5 million tons of goods per day," said Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General of the RTA.

He added that the project generates an additional revenue stream for the RTA and offers investors opportunities to engage in the development of different projects.

The initiative also contributes to improving the quality of public services, transferring knowledge from the private sector to the public sector, and training civil service employees on managing and overseeing long-term projects based on the Build-Operate-Transfer model.

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