Roads along Dubai Tour to be closed till February 8

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Roads along Dubai Tour to be closed till February 8 Lily B. Libo-on / 6 February 2014 RTA is coordinating closely with the Dubai Police General Headquarters and Dubai Sports Council to ensure the best traffic movement and traffic safety for road users during the four-day race. Some of Dubai’s road entrances and exits will be closed for three hours every afternoon, and traffic controls will continue as part of the Dubai Tour until February 8, when the race ends at 3.30pm. The heavy traffic on both sides of Shaikh Zayed Road. Internal lanes leading up to First Interchange and The Dubai Mall bridge are clogged. — KT photo by Muaz Shabandri RTA is coordinating closely with the Dubai Police General Headquarters and Dubai Sports Council to ensure the best traffic movement and traffic safety for road users during the four-day race. “All road users are advised to exercise care and caution. RTA will close only some road entrances/exits and a part of some roads where participants will pass along in order to ensure the safety of the race track and the smooth flow of traffic, as well,” RTA said. 30 schools to remain closed today Muaz Shabandri  Thirty private schools in Dubai will remain closed today as the city witnesses its first ever professional cycling race. Parents have been advised to check with schools to know about school closures or change in timings. Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) issued a communication to schools, allowing them to remain closed if needed. The 121km race on Thursday will force the closure of schools close to Oud Mehta Road, Meydan Road, Dubai-Al Ain road, Emirates Road, Al Sufouh road and Hessa Street. Hind Al Mualla, Chief of Engagement, KHDA said: “As a result of road closures, 31 schools have decided to close for the day. The decisions were made in consultation with parents, to protect the safety of children.” Guruswany Kalloor, CEO of JSS Schools Dubai said: “We already have fewer working days because of public holidays. Unplanned closures affect teaching schedules but we still took the decision to close for a day keeping in view the safety of our students and their convenience.”   List of Schools  American School of Dubai Al Eman Private School Al Ittihad School – Al Mamzar Al Salaam Private School Al Thuraya Private School Arab Unity School Brandenton Preparatory Academy Choueifat School – Al Sofouh – from KG1- Grade 4 Dar Al Marefa Delhi Private School, Dubai Dubai Arab American School Dubai British School Dubai Gem Private School Dubai International School Dubai International Academy International Academic School Lycée Français International Georges Pompidou Lyceé Libanais Francophone Privé  JSS International School Queen International School North American International School Pakistani Education Academy Regent School Russian International School Sabari Indian School Springdales School Dubai Star International School – Al Twar The Indian High School – Oud Metha The Indian International School – DSO Victoria’s Heights Primary School At the start of the race on Wednesday (Stage 1), RTA’s proposed traffic procedures were in place from Dubai World Trade Centre where the race started, right to Al Saada Street, along the Financial Centre Street and Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard before returning to the starting point at the Dubai World Trade Centre via Al Saada Street and the Financial Centre Street. Today, (Stage 2) the roads used by participants will close from 12.25pm to 3.30pm. The race starts from the Dubai World Trade Centre left to Al Saada Street then right along Za’abeel 2nd Street, Dubai-Al Ain Road passing along Oud Metha Street to Meydan Street, Dubai-Al Ain Road, Nad Al Sheba Street, Emirates Road, Al Qudra Road, Umm Suqeim Street, Hisa Street and along some internal streets in Motor City, Al Safouh Street towards JBR, then to JLT until the finish line at Jumeirah Palm after  passing along the internal roads of Dubai Media City. On Friday (Stage 3), the roads will close from 11.30am to 3.30pm. The race starts from the Festival City, passes through Marrakeck Street to the Airport, Al Khawaneej Street across Al Khawaneej Bridge, Al Amardi and Al Awir Street, Emirates Road, Lehbab Road, Hatta Road, the finish line in Hatta through Sharjah Emirates (Al Madam and Melaiha) and Ras Al Khaimah Emirate (Shoka and Manna’ee). For Stage 4 (Saturday), the roads will close from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. The race starts from Al Saada Street and passes to Za’aabel 2nd Street, Shaikh Zayed Road along the Trade Centre Roundabout and then turn right to Umm Suqeim Street, 2nd of  December Street, Jumeirah Street, Umm Harir Street, Al Karama Tunnel, Bani Yas Street, through Al Maktoum Bridge, Corniche Street and back to Bani Yas Street, Tariq bin Ziyad Street, through Al Maktoum Bridge, Khalid bin Al Waleed Street, and then turn right to Al Seef Street, Al Fuhaidi Street, Ali Ibn Abi Talib Street, Al Falah Street through Al Ghubaiba Street, Al Khaleej Street, and Al Mina Street, Jumeirah Street Al Uruba Street, Al Wasl Street, Al Safa Street and then to the finish line at the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard Street across the Financial Centre Street. For more news from Khaleej Times, follow us on Facebook at , and on Twitter at @khaleejtimes Taylor Scott International

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