The new Salik gate (third on Sheikh Zayed Road and seventh overall) is located near Energy Metro station. When operational, it will be helping to divert traffic from busy Sheikh Zayed Road to Yalayis Road and other parallel freeways.
The toll will encourage motorists to use the 62km Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Road that opened to traffic in 2016. The AED 2.1 billion highway runs between Seih Shuaib on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai border all the way to the Sweihan Road interchange. It consists of four lanes in each direction and has a capacity of 8,000 vehicles per hour.
The new toll gate is estimated to generate more than AED 300 million in annual revenues. This will be added to the estimated AED 2 billion in annual revenues generated by the Salik gates system in Dubai.
The RTA had paid off an $800-million financing deal through revenues generated through Salik.