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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Interchange Four and a Half

Interchange Four and a Half on Sheikh Zayed Road was opened yesterday. Yee-haa! This creates a badly-needed new access into Media City / Interweb City / Knowledge Hamlet. I haven't used it yet, but it does seem to have eased our morning progress up SZR to Police Academy Interchange a little bit.

But now this raises the issue of the names of these interchanges. In the olden days it was very simple - you had Trade Centre (i/c 1), Defence (i/c 2), Safa Park (i/c 3), Police College (i/c 4), Middle-of-Nowhere (i/c 5), Jebel Ali Village (i/c 6) and Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone. Now we have the new interchange (and it's a beauty - long, soaring, gorgeous bridges) between 4 & 5. Shortly we will have a smaller one between 4.5 and 5, so that will be four-and-three-quarters. There's also the Binned Potato Interchange between 5 and 6, and a one-way bridge into Al Quoz between 3 and 4. The old interchange five is now a no-go zone while it is re-built over the next couple of years.

The old interchanges used to have big signs on them that told you what they were called. The new ones have massive adverts for Emaar, Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta. Very confusing for newcomers, I'm sure.

5 Comments:

Blogger Dubai Sunshine said...

Thanks for clearing things up for me! I still get confused with the interchange numbers after 8 months here!
I like the 4 1/2 though...it reminds me of Harry Potter's Platform 9 3/4! :)

8:08 pm  
Blogger nzm said...

or the 7 1/2 floor in the movie "Being John Malkovich".

:-)

9:29 am  
Blogger Seabee said...

It's a huge improvement isn't it. But so many new interchanges are appearing, and I bet they'll decide they need even more in between them in the future, that naming/numbering them needs some lateral thinking.
Maybe they should have #1 followed by #10, the next as #20 and so on, then they'd have enough numbers to build eight new ones between #1 & #10 without confusing us all.

Or what about changing their names to colours. Red interchange, yellow, green etc etc. Then they could just go on adding as many as they like, until Sh Zayed Road becomes a tunnel. They could use trendy interior-designer colours like aubergine, plum...

7:10 pm  
Blogger Seabee said...

No, even better - I've just remembered the car park at Burjuman. They could use the same system for the interchanges, names of fruit or animals...Camel Interchange, Banana, Pineapple, Elephant...what great signage they could design!

7:13 pm  
Blogger Neglected-ism said...

LOL, you're so right =) I lost track of these interchanges quite sometime back. Now I refer to a landmark next to the bridges, like 'Mall of Emirates interchange' or 'Safa Park interchange' or anything that gets me by.

Love your blog, it really made me smile =))

2:21 am  

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