Dubai Municipality has completed renaming of all main streets in the emirate of Dubai and 50% of sub streets and expects to finish installation of sign boards by the end of first half of 2015.
DM also accomplished the naming of all intersection roads with Sheikh Zayed Road, Umm Suqeim 1,2,3 areas, Al Sufouh 1,2 areas and Dubai Marina, and works on the renaming of intersections in Oud Matina 1,2, Nad Al Sheba 2,4 , Dubai Investment Park and Jabal Ali Industrial Area.
Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality stated that the move comes as part of the huge project of Dubai Government to rename roads and areas in the emirate of Dubai and replacing the old numbers to local names in order to preserve the national identity through traditional names inspired by the Emirati culture, in line with international practices in this field.
‘The projects includes selection of over 7,500 names for different main and sub roads in coordination with RTA, for which the civic body has considered the entire elements of Dubai’s history, culture and traditions with the aim at introducing Dubai’s heritage to the generations to come in all ways possible,’ Lootah said.
He explained that the mechanism used to name streets in the emirate has been adopted on the basis of different methodologies. Firstly, the areas have been divided into sectors of similar nature in terms of the use and location such as Jumeirah, Zabeel and Jabal Ali considering the land use, nature of site, historic heritage, development projects …etc.
‘For example, streets in a district as Jumeirah will have names bearing marine features duvh as boats, fishes, marine life, etc., since it is abuot beach and sea. Similarly, streets in Deira and Bur Dubai will have historical and heritage names, while inland areas as Mushrif and Al Awir will bear names of local trees, famous Arab personalities, poets, etc,’.
DM also studied the best practices executed by international cities in this regard and had urged the public to suggest names for their locations based on the traditional occupations, tools used for the work and other activities of their area such as fishing, hunting, sailing …etc.
‘Dubai Municipality has already started the implementation of its new addressing system called ‘Makani’ using digital codes with the aim at helping people of all nationalities reach their desired locations without using any language by simply entering the area or building code with 1 meter accuracy. The residents of Dubai now can use both systems to find out their locations,’ he said.