New Bridge Opens On Expo Road Image Credit: Media Office The road network leading to the Expo 2020 site has just got a step closer to completion with the opening of a main bridge at the intersection of Expo Road and Al Asayel Street. Expo Road will be raised at the intersection with Al Asayel Street, with a bridge of six lanes in each direction extending 800 metres. This is the fifth phase of the road infrastructure project which is planned for completion in June. “RTA has partially opened three lanes in each direction of the bridge on Expo Road. This phase includes the construction of bridges extending 2.6 km and roads spanning about 3 km. Expo Road will be widened to six lanes in each direction over a 3-km sector. Two service roads will be added to ease the present traffic condition,” said His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA. http://connector.ae/updates/4729/new-bridge-opens-on-expo-road
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Rain Falls In Dubai And More Is Expected People in Dubai woke up to unexpected rain fall as they headed out to work, and reports advise that rain is expected at intervals throughout the day in some parts and temperatures around the UAE are expected to drop. According to the National Centre of Meteorology, “The weather is expected to be hazy and cloudy with a chance of rainfall with significant decrease in the temperatures. The Oman and Arabian sea will be rough to very rough.” Temperatures in Dubai could drop to a low of 16 C, and fresh to strong winds will blow dust and sand over the exposed areas. Drivers are urged to take care on the roads today, and Dubai Police has issued a warning to drive carefully and safely due to the weather change. http://connector.ae/updates/4730/rain-falls-in-dubai-and-more-is-expected
Dubai Airports Soon To Have 'No Queues' Image Credit: @HHShkMohd Dubai Airports recently celebrated the huge mark of welcoming its one billionth passenger, has launched a new brand identity bearing a fresh logo which will present Dubai Airports as an operator leveraging the use of technology and enhancing overall passenger experience. Dubai Airports aim to ‘eliminate’ queues, and add more retail and visual spaces to both the airports, transforming them into vibrant and innovative spaces enhancing travellers cultural experience in the city. “We don’t want anyone to have to queue. The idea is we will gradually introduce new technology, which will make the processes very efficient and quick. Not only then do passengers not have to wait, that means they’ll have a far more enjoyable experience and we will get greater capacity out of our airports because everyone will be moving much more quickly”, said Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Airports. Though it sounds great to pass through an airport without having to stand in a queue at all, new changes will take “a few years to manifest”. Once implemented, Dubai Airports will look like airports of the future where there will be no check-in desks, no immigration, and discreet security procedures such as facial scans. Regular airport users, already benefit from the state of the art e-gates to skip the immigration lines, and having an airport with no queue at all will be perfect for all passengers using the airports. Quick Fact- DXB handles an average of 7.5 million customers every month and in 2018, it crossed the mark of 8.3 million customers in in three different months. http://connector.ae/updates/4716/dubai-airports-soon-to-have-no-queues
12 Things To Do This Weekend Another week ends, Thursday is here … and the weekend starts. And this weekend looks like another jam packed few days with a host of different activities. From the Canal Run to RedFest DXB, comedy at the Laughter Factory and fun activities for children and families, there is lots to choose from. Pick your favourites and have a ball. When: 14 February Where: Dubai International Cricket Stadium Pakistan Super League When: 14-15 February Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre RedFestDXB When: 14-15 February Where: Móvenpick JBR and Grand Millennium Barsha Heights Laughter Factory When: 14-15 February Where: Dubai Opera PIAF! Le Spectacle When: 15 February Where: Dubai Canal Dubai Canal Run When: 15 February Where: Al Quoz My Furry Valentine Adoption Day When: 15 February Where: Bollywood Parks Dubai Shafqat Amanat Ali and Strings live When: 15 February Where: Shangri-la Hotel Aza Trunk Show When: 15 February Where: Cinema Akil Good Morning When: 15 February Where: Gate 2, Dubai Creek Park Dubai Cares Walk for Education When: 15-22 February Where: Olli Slime Lab When: until 16 February Where: The Sustainable City Horse Jumping Competition http://connector.ae/whats-on/4715/12-things-to-do-this-weekend
World’s Highest Lounge Unveiled Do you think you have gone as high as you can when you have eaten in the world’s highest restaurant At.mosphere at 122 floors high, or looked over Dubai's landscape from the worlds highest observatory platforms at levels 124, 125 and 148 at the iconic Burj Khalifa? Well now you can get higher as Burj Khalifa takes the whole entertainment experience to yet another level with the launch of ‘The Lounge’. Spanning three floors, from the 152nd, 153rd and 154th, the new venue opens to the public from 18 February. Technically, At.mosphere still holds the title of world's top restaurant and At the Top is still the world's top observatory platform, but a visit to this new lounge will elevate your experience giving you a chance to see the world from an even higher point at 573 metres from ground. The Lounge at Burj Khalifa will be a destination that will delight residents and visitors, said Ahmed Falasi, Executive Director of Group Operations at Emaar Dubai. The Lounge spread over three floors comes with an outdoor seating area. Serviced by the Armani Hotel within the Burja Khalifa, The Lounge will feature live music, and three different food and beverage packages of afternoon teas, sundowners and party revellers which can be booked online. ‘Tea in the cloud’ the afternoon tea package is priced at Dhs 550 per person and includes a range of freshly baked goods, and one house beverage and runs from 12.30pm to 4pm. Sundowner runs form 5.30pm to 7pm and the evening experience that begins ar 7.30pm finishing at midnight, will cost Dh600 per person, for unlimited canapes, one drink, tour of outdoor terrace and live entertainment. http://connector.ae/updates/4713/worlds-highest-lounge-unveiled