GCC Summit Traffic Situation

Post by Mark

Later today some parts of highway 50 and the 5th ring road will be closing down due to the GCC Summit. There are expectations that the closures will result in traffic chaos, but as of 9AM, there seems to be less traffic than usual. This will probably change once the roads close down at noon, but not a bad start to the day.

Update: A reader made me realize that at 12PM Google updated the map of Kuwait to highlight the closed roads. Impressive.

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  1. Terri says:

    Hi Mark, most of the schools have been closed for today to reduce traffic so hopefully the roads will be good during the closures.

  2. lolguy says:

    Always wondered why choppers aren’t used to ferry VIPs. Could spare some of the disruption.

  3. Crumble says:

    WOW check it now. At exactly 12:00 Google Maps shows road closures in all the right areas. MOI must have coordinated with Google, which is astounding!

  4. Kuwait says:

    It’s also worth mentioning that in general, if the road is temporarily closed for any reason, it will show as green since there are no cars to return traffic data to Google.

    • Mark says:

      Google shows green if there isn’t traffic, open road or closed. What you need to keep an eye out for is the red

      • Crumble says:

        You all missed my point. Google is showing road closures ⛔️ Not just traffic conditions. It came into effect at noon exactly, which is why I think the MOI coordinated with Google on this.

      • Kuwait says:

        Yes, that’s what I’m saying. The other day when erdogan came and they closed King Fahad, it showed green and I was thinking wow, no traffic today.

        • Mark says:

          yeah but if roads are closed, other roads leading to that one will be red because of traffic, thats why i’m saying u got to keep your eye on the red not the green

  5. Maz says:

    Road closures and accidents are fed to Google Maps through Waze, a navigation rival company Google bought out in 2013. Waze has a number of nifty features that Google Maps lacks like reporting accidents, roadkill, potholes, road closures, broken-down cars, etc.

    You can also create new roads. This is a particularly good feature especially if you drive around the areas currently under construction, since Google Maps takes a while to update their map.

    I’d recommend everyone to try it out. Since its a community-feedback based app, the more the people use it, the more accurate Kuwait’s map becomes.

  6. Ozzy says:

    All that fuss for a 20 min meeting? Couldn’t they Skype it off?!

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