Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipal Affairs revealed this week that a uniform street addressing system, like the one used in the UK, will soon be adopted in the UAE capital.
Officials said the system, expected to cover the whole of the emirate, will begin as a pilot project this month in Falah and on Al Maryah Island. Indian delivery driver Khalid Bakr works for Royal Taste Refreshments on Moroor Road. He admits that reaching some customers can be a problem – due to a lack of proper addresses and the fact some streets look similar. He added: “This is a good idea. I believe it would be very useful for us especially in finding customers’ homes.”
Taxi driver Chrisna B.K also has difficulty taking customers to certain places. He said: “Some areas are identified by sectors. But sectors in internal streets of some zones look similar which is confusing.”
The Nepalese driver said that on many occasions he tells his customers to mention landmarks if he has problems locating their home.
Sudanese expat, Samir Ala said people visiting him struggle to reach his home, on an internal street near the Airport Road. “Sometimes I tell them to go to a petrol station where I have to pick them up,” he said, adding that a unique address system would help people navigate the capital easier.
Abdullah Ghareeb Al Bloushi, managing director of the land and property management sector at the Department of Municipal Affairs, said an address will feature the number of a building, followed by the street name, city, country and postcode.
“Every street name in the city will be unique, to prevent repetitive names and confusion,” he said, adding that some existing street names will be shortened. Authorities said at least 12,000 names have been suggested in a database. This will be reduced to about 1,300 after Bayanat – a company contracted to name the streets – decides their suitability.
The existing address system in Abu Dhabi was created in the late 1990s and is based on an abstract hierarchy of zones, sectors, main streets, internal streets and plots or buildings, according to Abu Dhabi authorities.
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