Al Ittihad Bridge will replace the Floating Bridge, previously built across Dubai Creek, by early 2018 according to the Roads and Transport Authority or RTA. The 420 metre long Al Ittihad Bridge, which will have a steel arch 100 metres high, will extend beyond Al Riyadh Road on the Bur Dubai side and up to the Dubai / Sharjah Road on the Deira side with the total length being nearly 2,700 metres. The width will vary between 22 metres and 52 metres along the length of approach and exit sections to and from the new bridge according to RTA.
The main Creek Crossing will have 12 lanes with six in each direction, in addition to a footpath in each direction, providing free traffic movement in both directions between Bur Dubai and Deira. According to the RTA technical office, the work will include underpasses, ramps, interchanges, cut-and-cover tunnels, road works, utility relocations, bridge lighting landscaping and land reclaiming. The current Floating Bridge was opened in July 2007 to ease traffic on Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud Bridge.