E 11

E 11

Infobox UAE road

highway_name= E 11
ar_name= إ ١١
alternate_name = Sheikh Maktoum Road, Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheikh Muhammed bin Salem Road
route_type = E
image_road = Urban expansion in Dubai.jpeg
image_road_caption = E 11 becomes Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai
route= E 11
length_km = 558.4
length_mi= 347
established= 1980
direction = West-East
interchanges = yes
ad_int = Swaihan Roundabout, Al Rahbah Police Roundabount
dxb_int = Al Mamzar Interchange, Al Garhoud Bridge, Al Karama Interchange, Trade Centre Roundabout, 1st Interchange (Defence Roundabout), 2nd Interchange, 3rd Interchange, 4th Interchange (Al Barsha Bridge), 5th Interchange, 6th Interchange, 7th Interchange, 8th Interchange, 9th Interchange (Palm Jebel Ali)
shj_int = Al Nahda Interchange, Al Khan Interchange
ad_junc = Madinat Zayed Road, Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Truck Road, E 22, E 10
dxb_junc = Jebel Ali Al Habab Road, Dubai-Al Ain Road )
shj_junc = Al Daid Road
uaq_junc = Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan Road
rak_junc =
cities= Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al Khaimah

E 11 (in Arabic: شارع ﺇ ١١) is a highway in the United Arab Emirates. The longest road in the UAE, E 11 streches from the city of Abu Dhabi and ends in Ras Al Khaimah, 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.

Sheikh Zayed Road

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, convert|55|km|mi away in the area of Jebel Ali.Cite news |title=From empty roundabout to city hub |url=http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/07/12/28/10177839.html |publisher="Gulf News" |date=2007-12-28 |accessdate=2008-01-11]

The road was formerly known as Defence Road. Between 1993 and 1998, convert|30|km|mi of the road was expanded. 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. [Cite web |title=Sheikh Zayed Road |url=http://www.dubaiasitusedtobe.com/pages/places/sheikhzayedroad.shtm |publisher=Dubai As It Used To Be |accessdate=2008-01-11]

The first stretch of the highway between Trade Centre Roundabout and Interchange 2 is home to most of Dubai's skyscrapers, including the Emirates Towers and the Burj Dubai. The highway also connects other new developments such as the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and Dubai Waterfront. The road will soon have most of the Red Line of Dubai Metro running alongside it.

Buildings along Sheikh Zayed Road

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


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. As of 2007, the interchanges are:
* World Trade Centre Roundabout: Towards Union House, BurJuman, Zabeel Park
* Interchange 1 (also known as Defence Roundabout): Doha Street interchange towards Downtown Dubai
* Interchange 2: Towards Safa Park
* Interchange 3: Towards Al Quoz
* Interchange 4: Towards Mall of the Emirates, Gold & Diamond Park, Madinat Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
* Interchange 5: Towards Dubai Marina, Emirates Hills, Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City

March 2008 road accidents

On 12 March 2008, a series of accidents occurred in the highway that is considered to be one of the worst road accidents in the UAE’s history. According to the Abu Dhabi Police that 3 people were killed, 277 injured of which 15 were in critical condition. Thick fog and poor visibility caused the accident. There are around 200 vehicles slammed into each other before going up in flames.Cite news |title=200-Car Pileup in One of UAE’s Worst Accidents |url=http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=107769&d=12&m=3&y=2008 |publisher="Arab news" |date=2008-03-12 |accessdate=2008-03-12] Cite news |title=REFILE-UAE's biggest traffic accident kills 3, injures 277 |url=http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL11851795 |publisher="Reuters" |date=2008-03-12 |accessdate=2008-03-12]

See also

* Dubai-Abu Dhabi Highway


External links

* [http://www.dubaicityguide.com/maps/map8/index.html Sheikh Zayed Road Map] by Dubai City Guide
* [http://archive.gulfnews.com/indepth/dubaifromthesky/sub_story/10073854.html Dubai From the Sky: Sheikh Zayed Road] Gulf News, 10 October 2006

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