E 11 road (United Arab Emirates)

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Sheikh Zayed Road on 28 December 2007.jpg
E 11 becomes Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, with Dubai Metro visible
Route information
Length558.4 km (347.0 mi)
Major junctions
Major intersectionsMadinat 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 Dhaid Road
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Road
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CountryUnited Arab Emirates
Major citiesDubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al Khaimah
Highway system
Skyscrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road in November 2007
Skyscrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road in July 2006

E 11 (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, 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 Bin Rashid Road and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road[1] in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, and Sheikh Muhammad 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.

Safa Park and the buildings along Sheikh Zayed Road.

Sheikh Zayed Road[edit]

In Dubai, E 11 is known as "Sheikh Zayed Road" (in Arabic: شارع الشيخ زايد). This road is the main artery of the city. The highway runs parallel to the coastline from the Trade Centre Roundabout to the border with the emirate of Abu Dhabi, 55 kilometres (34 mi) away in the area of Jebel Ali.[2]

The road was formerly known as Defence Road.[2] Between 1993 and 1998, 30 kilometres (19 mi) of the road was expanded.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] In Dubai itself much of the highway has seven to eight lanes in each direction.

In recent years, the government built a canal, the Dubai Water Canal; as part of the project, a section of the road was removed and a bridge was constructed.[5]

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 H Hotel World Trade Centre Apartments 1
Holiday Inn Dubai - Al Barsha World Trade Centre
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 Yaqoub 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
Aykon City
Skyscrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road


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:

Traffic pileup[edit]

On 12 March 2008, approximately 200 vehicles smashed into each other before going up in flames.[6][7] According to the Abu Dhabi Police, 3 people were killed and 277 injured, 15 of them critically. Thick fog and poor visibility contributed to the deadly pileup. The event is considered to be one of the worst traffic collisions in the UAE's history.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mafraq-Ghuwaifat highway renamed Shaikh Khalifa road | Transport – Gulf News". Gulfnews.com. 2018-01-24. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  2. ^ a b c "From empty roundabout to city hub". Gulf News. 2007-12-28. Archived from the original on 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  3. ^ "Sheikh Zayed Road". Dubai As It Used To Be. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  4. ^ "Dubai metro guide: metro timings, tickets and lines". Visit Dubai. 2020-09-23. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  5. ^ "Work begins on Sheikh Zayed Road diversion as part of Dubai Canal project". The National. 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  6. ^ "200-Car Pileup in One of UAE's Worst Accidents". Arab news. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  7. ^ "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