Area Guide in Sheikh Zayed Road

Sheikh Zayed Road

About the area

The Sheikh Zayed Road is the main road artery in the emirate of Dubai. It is also the longest with a length of 55 kilometers. The highway did not have an official name until 1990 as back then people called it the “Dubai – Abu Dhabi Road”.

After reconstruction in the 1990’s, the road was significantly widened, and roundabouts were replaced with road exits and junctions. The highway was then named after the first President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.


As a part of the largest highway in the region, the E11 Sheikh Zayed Road starts from the Abu Dhabi border, runs along the coastline through the city, and ends at Sheikh Rashid Road.

Sheikh Zayed Road currently has twelve road lanes, making it the most important transport artery for the entire emirate and also one of the busiest roads in the city. Being one of the busiest highways means there can be large amounts of traffic during rush hour. It may also be quite difficult to find a parking space along the lay-bys on the SZR Road, especially during weekends and peak times. There are parking facilities in residential buildings, office buildings and malls, as well as paid street car parking.

How to get to Sheikh Zayed Road?

One can get to the Sheikh Zayed Road by public transport and then proceed to move along the Sheikh Zayed Road by metro. The red line runs almost along the entire street.

Metro stations located along Sheikh Zayed Road are:

  • World Trade Centre
  • Emirates Towers
  • Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall
  • Jumeirah Lakes Towers
  • Ibn Battuta Mall

The most convenient way to get around Dubai is to rent a car with the drive along the entire Sheikh Zayed highway in Dubai taking about an hour.

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