Dubai: An emirate on the move


By Majorie van Leijen

Road infrastructure in Dubai is constantly under development. Emirates 24l7 has put together some of the most important road projects of recent times

When Dubai became part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1971, it was decided that a road should connect to all emirates. Starting with a highway reaching from Abu Dhabi into Dubai, the foundations were laid of modern-day Sheikh Zayed Road.

For a long time, Sheikh Zayed Road was the only road running through the emirate. It was a timeline along which the city developed, from what was main Dubai on the banks of the Creek, to new industries, business hubs, communities and trade zones filling the space up to what is now known as the port town Jebel Ali.

The Dubai bid to host Expo 2020 in that once deserted area is proof of this development. But the expansion did not stop there. As the city started crawling land inwards and the population increased with steady pace, road infrastructure could not lag behind.

In 2001, Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road (then Emirates Road) was opened for traffic. Initially, its main purpose was to serve the transport of goods overland, while easing traffic flow by providing an alternative to Sheikh Zayed Road. More info