Getting There: Over or Under? | Pedestrian Under/Over Pass in Abu Dhabi [Wednesday Walk]

Let's go for a walk, shall we?

If you have ever been to the UAE then you will know that the weather can be very harsh especially during the summer months. If not, then maybe imagine 50 degrees Celcius (122F) at the peak of the summer and over the top humidity like 70-80%. What if you do not own a car and would have to walk to get to your destination? Then chances are you are already drenched in sweat after barely taking five steps.

I always say that any place in Abu Dhabi (UAE's capital city) is within walking distance if you have time. The roads are clear and designed just like a big box (streets parallel to each other) it is very hard to get lost. I love walking long distances, but of course not in the middle of a hot summer day.

Then you will have to cross the road -- the pedestrian lane is 300 meters away from you but within a few meters there are your options - over pass or an underpass. Which one will you choose?

Pedestrian Bridge

Not all Abu Dhabi roads have pedestrian overpasses but the busier ones do. The one in the following photographs is located in Airport Road (Sheikh Rasheed Bin Saeed Street) and is strategically located nearby a bus stop.

These steel bridges were constructed with the overall safety of the pedestrians in mind. Unfortunately, there are still some people who would risk crossing a 4-lane road and these structures are rarely used.

The bridges are adequately lighted at night so people can safely use them. Some pedestrian bridges are even accessible to people with determination (how "disabled" are referred to in the UAE) with elevators installed that can fit wheelchairs or baby strollers.

If you are on for some exercise, you can just opt for the stairs. Besides, we all need that extra calorie burn, right?

If I am not carrying anything heavy, then I would definitely choose to use the bridge. I deliberately stop in the middle to get a view of the traffic rushing beneath me.

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Underpass

There are many pedestrian underpasses across the city. There are some that are a simple passageway to cross the road like below, or like those along the Corniche where the ends would split and let you cross the intersecting road (like two interconnected underpasses).

The old ones like this one in Airport Road photographed below, have simpler mosaic tiles at the sides -- two-toned colors and geometric designs.

The ceilings have these elaborate Arabic patterns, lined with bright white lights that illuminate the passageway at night.

The passageway begins and ends with staircases. These are of course not as steep as when you opt to use the overpass hence these can be a preferred option by the elderly or those with small children.

One thing I noticed with this old underpass however is the absence of ramps for bicycles, wheelchairs, or baby strollers. The new designs in other parts of the city are more people-with-determination-friendly having ramps.

For safety and monitoring, the underpass is monitored by cameras. It gives an extra sense of "safety" to anyone who decides to use it. I have to say, I personally don't have any issues using the underpass even alone at night. That is how generally safe this city is.

Below is a photo of one of the more intricate and colorful mosaics in one of the underpasses in Corniche road. It gives a bright and lively vibe to the structure and I cannot help but admire the artistry of the people who designed it.

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I wish I can share more underpass photographs with you but most of my photos are saved on our desktop which we still need to fix. I will make sure to share them as and when I am able to retrieve those hard drive files.

Thank you for reaching this far! Until the next!

📍Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Hmmm, to answer your question, I'd say it depends on the weather and who I'm with. If it feels too hot outside due to the scorching heat, I'd probably use the underpass. Likewise, if I'm not in the mood to exercise by taking the staircase, passing below will be a relaxing option, lol. Otherwise, on normal days, I'd typically use the overpass to enjoy the fresh air and marvel at the surrounding architecture. Many thanks, Arlyn for featuring this remarkable pedestrian bridge from Abu Dhabi. 😊

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Haha. Ya, I agree. The weather will me the main factor. Glad the hot days are over for now though.

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Oh those are worth visiting then. Nice to see overpasses and underpasses in other countries! Bet ko ung overpass design, mukhang matibay. haha.

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Oo. May isa pang Mas maganda eh, dun sa may main bus station Sana. Hindi ko lang na puntahan. Hehe

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Those bridges are very impressive, and the underpasses looks good as well, I think I myself would take the bridge

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :), I truly enjoy exploring the world virtually each Wednesday seeing walks from all around the globe and feeling I am there and experiencing it all myself, such as I did in your post just now :)

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Yeah, they are! I love the bridge because it gives me a different perspective of the road. There's one near our place that gives a very beautiful view of the sunrise.

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That’s cool
And the underpass never changes other than different people walking it on the bridge always changing with clouds and sunsets

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I like the aesthetics of the overpass (not same to what we have in the Philippines). I think the design was ingenious. Enjoy a slice of !PIZZA

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In PH i think most overpasses are concrete and the barriers are too high you can barely see the road beneath (not that you'll have the time sigh seeing). I also like this steel Design- more open and refreshing.

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Quite intricate the designs but it did make nice pics
The lil model made an even nicer pic :D

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Oh yeah, we. We're walking back home when I took the pics. Hub and the kid were already giving me faces coz I had to always stop to take a shot. 😁

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This has to be the prettiest pedestrian bridge that I have seen, its design is cool and modern.

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