ABU DHABI // Abu Dhabi’s ambitious multimillion-dirham street-sign project has not had the smoothest rollout.
First there were street numbers, then there were street names. Now the Department of Municipal Affairs has introduced a hybrid version with names and numbers to try to dispel any confusion.
Many motorists and residents said street signs with only a name were confusing, but that numbers defined routes perfectly.
Manpreet Singh, an Indian taxi driver in Abu Dhabi, said there had been confusion because many streets had similar names.
But since numbers are there, there could be only one 11th street in the city, which is Hazza bin Zayed Street, Mr Singh said. “It’s perfect now. Street name and the number. Most customers feel comfortable with numbers.”
For example, Al Falah Street was known before as Passport Road and recently the DMA added a number to it which is 9th street.
Similarly, Hazza bin Zayed First street was Defence Road but now it got a number too – 11th street. More info