E_11_(UAE) Latitude and Longitude:

25°13′7″N 55°16′48″E / 25.21861°N 55.28000°E / 25.21861; 55.28000
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E 11
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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
West end Ghuwaifat Border Crossing
Major intersections
  • E 15 - Ghiyathi Road
  • E 65 - Liwa - Abu Dhabi Road
  • E 22 - Al Ain Road
  • E 20 - Suweihan Road
  • E 10 - Zayed bin Sultan Street
  • E 14 - Al Faqa Road
  • E 75 - Al Fayah Road
  • D 53 - Al Maktoum Airport Street
  • E 77 - Expo Road
  • D 57 - Al Yalayis Street
  • D 63 - Hessa Street
  • D 71 - Financial Center Road
  • E 66 - Oud Metha Road
  • S 108 - Al Khan Street
  • S 112 - King Faisal Street
  • E 55 - Al Shuwaib - Umm Al Quwien Road
  • E 311 - Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
  • E 18 - Al Manama - Ras Al Khaimah Road
East endAl Dara Border Crossing
Country United Arab Emirates
Major cities Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al Khaimah
Highway system

E 11 ( Arabic: شارع ﺇ ١١) is a highway in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The longest road in the Emirates, it stretches from the Al Batha border crossing at the Saudi Arabia–UAE border in al-Silah in the al-Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and ends at the Oman–UAE border crossing of al-Darah in al-Jeer, Emirate of 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 Bin Rashid Road and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road [1] in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, Al Ittihad Road in Sharjah Emirate and Ajman Emirate, and Sheikh Muhammad bin Salem Road in Ras al-Khaimah.

Dubai-Abu Dhabi Highway

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

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]

Skyscrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road in July 2006

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 E11 is designated as such because "E" stands for Emirates, and the number system was adopted in 1995 to represent nationally and internationally significant high-speed roads within the UAE. The E Route system defines these roads as having limited or controlled access and a speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour or higher. The E11 is part of this system, categorized as a primary road, with its numbering indicating a north-south orientation as per the guidelines detailed in the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport's document TR-538 from 2018. [4]

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. [5] 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. [6]

Traffic pileup

On 12 March 2008, approximately 200 vehicles smashed into each other before going up in flames. [7] [8] 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.

Exit list

In the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, exits are numbered based on distance starting from east to west within the emirate.

EmirateLocation km miExitDestinationsNotes
Abu Dhabi Ghuwaifat00.0- Ghuwaifat Border Crossing
Al Sila'a19.1411.8919 Al Sila'a
Al Wahidah29.8218.5330Al Wahidah
Mahmiyat Al Soqour53.6033.3153Mahmiyat Al Soqour
Umm al Oshtan96.7160.0995Umm al Oshtan
Jebel Al Dannah115.1871.57113Jebel Al Dannah
Al Ruwais128.7780.01127 E 15 (Ghiyathi Road) – Al Ruwais, Ghayathi
143.7289.30-Al Rubban Street
157.9298.13158Baynounah, Thumayriyah
Gerain Al Ash176.50109.67176Gerain Al Ash
Al Harmia189.32117.64189Al Harmia
Al Mirfa202.28125.69202AAl Mirfa (South), Habshan, Madinat Zayed
203.26126.30202BAl Mirfa
213.83132.87214Al Mirfa (East)
243.96151.59244 E 45 (Shikha Salama bint Butti Road) – Madinat Zayed, Liwa (Mezaira'a)
Al Khidayrah251.21156.09251Abu Al Abyad
260.61161.94261 Ghuwaifat
270.65168.17271 Ghuwaifat
Al Noof284.51176.79285Al Rumaitha, Al Noof
Al Aryam297.55184.89297Al Aryam
Al Shinayin305.46189.80305 E 65 (Hameem Road) – Hameem
Al Aryam297.55184.89297Al Aryam
Abu Dhabi Industrial City (ICAD)312.10193.93312AICAD
Jarn Yafour321.88200.01322A E 30 (Al Rawdah Road) – Al Ain (Truck Road)
322.54200.42322B Mussafah, Mohammed bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi
Al Mafraq327.33203.39328A E 22 / M 7 (Al Ain Road) – Al Wathba, Al Ain
327.90203.75322B E 22 (Al Ain Road) – Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
320.32199.04320Mafraq Sheikh Shakbout Medical City, Bani Yas
Al Shawamekh332.56206.64333Shakbout City, Al Shawamekh
Al Shamkha336.13208.86336Shakbout City, Al Shamkha
340.61211.65343A E 20 (Sweihan Road) – Sweihan
341.71212.33343B E 22 (Sweihan Road) – Abu Dhabi
Al Falah344.0213.8343CAirport support facilities
346.50215.31348Rawdat Al Reef Palace, Al Falah, Al Reef
To E 12 (Khalifa bin Zayed Street) – Yas Island, Saadiyat Island
Rawdat Al Reef355.06220.62357Zayed Military City
End of E 10 (Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street)
Abu Mreikhah358.46222.74359Al Shahama, Zayed Military City
365.43227.07366Al Rahba City
E 16 (Al Taf Road) – Al Ajban
Muwaylih369.83229.80371Al Rahba, Al Taweelah, Khalifa Port - Kizad
Al Samha374.59232.76374AAl Samha
Khalifa Industrial Zone375.60233.39374BKizad B
376.21233.77374CKizad A, Khalifa Port
381.03236.76381Al Semeh, Abu Dhabi Sports Aviation Club
Al Layyan389.98242.32390 E 14 (Al Faqaa Road) – Saih As Sidrah
402.75250.26403 E 75 (Al Faya Road) – Seih Sheib
Abu Dhabi-Dubai Border
DubaiJebel Ali Hills1.510.942Saih Shuwaib 1
4.652.895 Dubai Parks and Resorts
Jebel Ali Industrial13.098.1313A D 53 east (Al Maktoum Airport Street) – Madinat Al Maktoum
13.988.6913B D 53 west (Al Maktoum Airport Street) – Jebel Ali Port (Gate 7 and 8)
18.9311.7620AJebel Ali Central Street
19.2711.9720B E 77 east (Expo Road) – Al Ain, Hatta
19.2711.9720C E 77 west (Expo Road) – Jebel Ali Port (Gate 4)
22.0913.7322A D 57 east (Al Yalayis Street)
To E 311 (Mohammed bin Zayed Road)
23.0814.3422B D 57 west (Al Yalayis Street) – Jebel Ali Port (Gate 1 and 3)
Jebel Ali Village25.3415.7525Al Tahila Street
26.8916.7127Ibn Battuta Street
27.8917.3329 D 59 (Garn Al Sabkha Street)
Bluewaters Island
Dubai Marina31.4219.5232Al Sarayat Street, Al Naseem Street,Dubai Harbour
33.3220.7034Nakhlat Jumeira Street, Al Falak Street, Dubai Harbour
D 61 east (Hessa Street)
35.7422.2136 D 61 west (Hessa Street) – Jumeira
Al Barsha31.4219.5239 D 63 (Umm Suqeim Street)
Al Qouz39.9124.8040 D 65 (Al Marabea Street)
42.1726.2043 D 65 (Al Manara Street)
43.9327.3044 D 67 west (Umm Al Sheif Street) – Jumeira
44.2527.5045Al Waha Street
46.3828.8247 D 69 (Al Meydan Street, Al Hadiqa Street)
Al Wasl48Al Khaleej Al Tejari 1 Street
50A D 71 east (Financial Center Street(Upper Level))
The Dubai Mall
50B D 71 east (Financial Center Street(Lower Level)), The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa
Al Sukook Street, DIFC
50C D 71 west (Al Safa Street)
Al Satwa51Al Boursa Street
Museum of the Future
52Trade Centre Street
53 D 73 (Zaa'beel Palace Street, 2nd December Street)
D 88 (Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street)
Zaa'beel54A D 78 (Umm Hurair Street) – Deira
D 84 (Zaa'beel Street) – Bur Dubai
54B D 75 (Sheikh Rashid Street) – Port Rashid
54CZaa'beel Street
56A E 66 east (Oud Maitha Road) – Al Ain
56B D 79 west (Oud Maitha Street) – Bur Dubai
57Al Zahrawi Street, Al Jaddaf
Al Garhoud58A D 70 (Casablanca Street) – Terminal 1 and 3
58B D 83 (Al Rebat Street) – Umm Ramool, Mirdif, Al Warqa'a
Dubai Festival City
60 D 85 (Baniyas Street) – Deira
City Centre Deira
61 D 89 (Al Maktoum Street, Airport Road) – Deira, Al Khawaneej
Terminal 1 and 3
Deira62 D 91 east (Al Quds Street) – Al Twar, Terminal 2
D 91 west (Bu Hail Street) – Abu Hail, Al Wuheida
D 80 (Salah Al Din Street) – Al Ras, Naif
65 D 93 east (Al Nahda Street) – Al Qusais, Al Mizhar, Muhaisnah
D 93 west (Al Wuheida Street) – Hor Al Anz East, Al Wuheida, Al Hamriya Port
66 D 95 east (Baghdad Street) – Al Qusais, Al Nahda
67 D 95 west (Cairo Street) – Al Mamzar
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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  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.
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  4. ^ Langton, James (2023-08-12). "Why the UAE's national motorway is called the E11". The National. Retrieved 2023-12-24.
  5. ^ "Dubai metro guide: metro timings, tickets and lines". Visit Dubai. 2020-09-23. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  6. ^ "Work begins on Sheikh Zayed Road diversion as part of Dubai Canal project". The National. 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  7. ^ "200-Car Pileup in One of UAE's Worst Accidents". Arab news. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  8. ^ "REFILE-UAE's biggest traffic accident kills 3, injures 277". Reuters. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-12.

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