Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has reduced the speed limit on Dubai-Hatta Road in the sector extending between Dubai, Ajman and Al Hosn Roundabout from 100 km/h to 80 km/h, covering approximately 6 kilometres, beginning today 12th January 2023. Existing speed limit signs showing 100 km/h were replaced with 80 km/h signs, and red lines will be marked at the start of the speed reduction zone to alert drivers according to the traffic safety standards in place.
The speed reduction was made in coordination between RTA and Dubai Police Headquarters, based on as study which took in consideration Hatta Master Development Plan. The study detailed improvement opportunities for Dubai-Hatta Road and a forecast for future traffic volumes on the road. The speed limit zone covers approximately 6 kilometres, and red lines were marked at the start of the zone, a customary practice on Dubai roads.
RTA continuously reviews speed limits on vital Dubai roads and relies on Dubai’s speed management manual aligned with the top international standards.
In the manual, appropriate criteria and measures are identified to ensure the best rates of speed, traffic flow, and traffic accidents. Numerous factors and engineering standards determine the reduction or increase in speed, including the design speed of the road, and the speed which most of vehicles are observed to travel. It is also important to assess the level of urban development on both sides of the street, pedestrian movement, and other vital facilities, taking into account traffic volumes and traffic accidents.