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Wednesday, 25 February 2009 21:09 UAE time
Salik Special Report
Salik expansion brings Dubai to halt

Salik expansion brings Dubai to halt

Transportation
Much of road network grinds to standstill as drivers trying to avoid toll clogged up alternative routes.

  1. 70% don't want Salik to be expanded
  2. Millions hit in wallet as Salik expanded

70% don't want Salik to be expanded
Transportation
As transport chiefs prepare to launch new phase, online poll reveals widespread opposition to tolls.

Millions hit in wallet as Salik expanded
Transportation
Dubai transport authority plans new toll gates on Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Maktoum Bridge.

RTA dogged by talk of massive Salik expansion
Transportation
Latest report claims all major roads and bridges in emirate will have toll gates by 2010.


TALKING ABOUT SALIK

Can it get better than this?
Dubai is idolised by outsiders, yet media here is often scathing. Rashid Galadari asks if it is really so bad?

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LASTWORD
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SPOT POLL

Have you changed your mind about Salik?

Yes, I thought it would be a disaster, but it has really helped traffic flow
Yes, but I want to see what happens in September to be totally sure
No, it's merely diverted traffic and increased congestion elsewhere
No, it's a disaster waiting to happen - there will be major problems in September
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