E 11 road (United Arab Emirates)

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E 11
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E 11 becomes Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai
Route information
Length: 558.4 km (347.0 mi)
Existed: 1980 – present
Major junctions
  Madinat Zayed Road, Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Truck Road, E 22, E 10
Jebel Ali Al Habab Road, Dubai-Al Ain Road E66 Route UAE.svg(E 66)
Al Daid Road
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan Road
E311 Route UAE.svgE 311
Location
Major cities: Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al Khaimah
Highway system

Highways in the United Arab Emirates

Roads in Dubai
Skyscrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road in November 2007
Skyscrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road in May 2006

E 11 (in Arabic: شارع ﺇ ١١) is a highway in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The longest road in the Emirates, it stretches from Al Silah in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and ends in Ras Al Khaimah emirate at the Oman border, running roughly parallel to UAE's coastline along the Persian Gulf. The road forms the main artery in some emirates' main cities, where it assumes various alternate names — Sheikh Maktoum Road in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, and Sheikh Muhammed bin Salem Road in Ras Al Khaimah.

Dubai-Abu Dhabi Highway[edit]

The Dubai-Abu Dhabi Highway of E 11 links the two largest cities of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The project was proposed by the Sheikhs of Abu Dhabi and Dubai to Sheikh Zayed. In 1971, the project was approved and construction began. The highway was completed in 1980. The highway starts near Maqta Bridge in Abu Dhabi and becomes Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

Sheikh Zayed Road[edit]

In Dubai, E 11 is known as "Sheikh Zayed Road" (in Arabic: شارع الشيخ زايد). The highway runs parallel to the coastline from Trade Centre Roundabout to the border with the emirate of Abu Dhabi, 55 kilometres (34 mi) away in the area of Jebel Ali.[1]

The road was formerly known as Defence Road.[1] Between 1993 and 1998, 30 kilometres (19 mi) of the road was expanded.[1] Along with this improvement came a change in the name. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai at the time, named the road after the then president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.[2]

The Sheikh Zayed Road is home to most of Dubai's skyscrapers, including the Emirates Towers. The highway also connects other new developments such as the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. The road has most of the Red Line of Dubai Metro running alongside it. In Dubai itself much of the highway has six lanes in each direction.

Buildings along Sheikh Zayed Road[edit]

Listed in order from Trade Centre Roundabout towards Jebel Ali to Interchange 2

Northwest Side Southeast Side
Etisalat Tower 2 World Trade Centre
The Monarch Office Tower World Trade Centre Residence
The Monarch Hotel World Trade Centre Apartments 1
Sama Tower World Trade Centre Apartments 2
The Fairmont Dubai World Trade Centre Apartments 3
API World Tower Emirates Office Tower
Park Place Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel
Acico Office Tower (Nassima Tower) The Tower
Nikko Hotel Dubai Al Yaquob Tower
White Crown Tower Capricorn Tower
Saeed Tower 1 Maze Tower
Grosvenor House Commercial Tower Al Ghadier Tower
Latifa Tower Al Attar Business Tower
HHHR Tower Jumeira Tower
Crowne Plaza Apartment Tower Sky Tower
Crowne Plaza Hotel Tower Al Attar Tower
Crowne Plaza Office Tower Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower
Al Durrah Tower Ghaya Residence
City Tower 2 Rose Tower
City Tower 1 Oasis Tower
Al Wasl Tower 21st Century Tower
Khalid Al Attar Tower Rolex Tower
Khalid Al Attar Tower 2 Angsana Suites Tower
Al Safa Tower Angsana Hotel Tower
Zabeel Tower Al Kawakeb 1
Al Moosa Tower 1 Al Kawakeb 2
Al Moosa Tower 2 Al Kawakeb 3
Sahara Tower Al Kawakeb 4
Al Rostamani Tower B Al Kawakeb 5
Al Rostamani Tower A Dusit Dubai
Saeed Tower 2 Millennium Tower
Four Points by Sheraton Al Tayer Tower
Union Tower Falcon Tower
Al Sondos Tower Dubai Tower
Towers Rotana Hotel Nuaimi Tower
Sheikh Marwan Tower
Al Hawai Tower
Chelsea Tower
Sheikh Essa Tower
Number One Tower Suites
Ahmad Abdulrahim Ahmad Al Attar Tower
Dr. Khalifa Tower
Sheikh Ahmed Tower
Al Meraikhi Tower
Shangri-La Hotel
Al Manara Tower
Al Kharbash Tower
Skyscrapers in Sheikh Zayed Road
Skyscrapers in Sheikh Zayed Road

Interchanges[edit]

Sheikh Zayed Road has several interchanges to enable traffic to go on and off the highway. These interchanges commonly lead to roundabouts (rotaries) to enable traffic to exit or to go to the other side of the highway. There are many other exits although they are not as well equipped. As of 2007, the interchanges are:

March 2008 road accidents[edit]

On 12 March 2008, a series of accidents occurred on the highway that are considered to be one of the worst road accidents in the UAE’s history. According to the Abu Dhabi Police, 3 people were killed & 277 injured, of whom 15 were critically injured. Thick fog and poor visibility caused the accident. Around 200 vehicles crashed into each other before going up in flames.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "From empty roundabout to city hub". Gulf News. 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  2. ^ "Sheikh Zayed Road". Dubai As It Used To Be. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  3. ^ "200-Car Pileup in One of UAE’s Worst Accidents". Arab news. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  4. ^ "REFILE-UAE's biggest traffic accident kills 3, injures 277". Reuters. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 

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Coordinates: 25°13′7″N 55°16′48″E / 25.21861°N 55.28000°E / 25.21861; 55.28000