If you live in the UAE, you know that roads and highways are something we can all pride ourselves on. The road infrastructure around and between major cities like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah is a major attraction to drivers from all around the globe.
The mix of modern architecture, sand dunes and great roads is enough for many to consider and plan their next road trip. Ideal for inter-emirate connectivity and optimal efficiency, our roads also support high speed enthusiasts who like open and free roads.
Now, let’s explore some of the most exciting roads and highways our country has to offer.
The E11 (558 km) Is The Main Road In The UAE
The E11 is one of the main highways connecting all of the Emirates except Fujairah. It is 558 kilometer long which also makes it the longest road in the UAE. The starting point is Al Silah in Abu Dhabi, and the road goes all the way to Ras Al Khaimah, connecting some of the most prominent locations within the city.
From the Bur Dubai in Dubai to the Abu Dhabi International Airport, this is a road that serves as the main artery in the UAE. Its names are different in every part of the country – it is known as Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, and Sheikh Muhammad bin Salem Road in Ras Al Khaimah.
E311 (Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road)
Part of the E11 is the E311 highway which connects Dubai to the other Emirates in the UAE. It is a popular road that has plenty of traffic in the city zones but also one that offers a lot of excitement off the city limits. Toll-free and perfect for the needs of people living in Dubai and Sharjah, the E311 is 140 kilometer long and ends in Ras Al Khaimah.
E611 (Emirates Road)
Spanning across 110 kilometers, this long roadway is known as the Emirates Road in Dubai. Going in parallel with the E311 and E11, this road is often considered as a good alternative for the busy highways and is useful for people travelling from Abu Dhabi to Ajman, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain and other locations who don’t want to pass through Downtown Dubai.
E44 (Al Khail Road)
The E44 is a perfect link connecting Dubai and Hatta, and a road that is known as Al Khail Road or Dubai-Hatta highway. It also connects to Oman through a different stretch, and its main starting point is Jumeirah Village Triangle and Dubai Sports City intersection on the E311. The E44 is positioned strategically around many major city developments and the Ras al Khor industrial zone.
E66 (Dubai Al Ain Road)
Renamed to Tahnoun bin Mohammad Al Nahyan Road in 2018, this road is another important link as it connects Al Ain to Dubai. It starts with the Wafi Mall junction at E11 and it runs perpendicularly to the E311, E611, and E44 roads. It ends in Al Ain City.
E95 (Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road)
Last is the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road which is known under the E95 short name. This highway goes in parallel with the Oman-UAE border, starting from Al Ain and going all the way to the Saudi Arabia border where it merges with the E90 highway. Besides its link to other countries, it is a very important connection for people living alongside the main UAE cities.
What About Speed Limits?
If you are wondering what are the speed limits on each of these roads, it’s simple. There is one unified speed limit on all Dubai and UAE freeways, which ranges from 100km/h to 120km/h. In urban areas, the speed limits are between 60km/h and 80km/h.
Always remember to drive in the right lane, leave enough space to change lanes, use turn signals when changing lanes and keep a wide viewpoint. Staying focused on the road is key to your and others’ safety.