E 11 (Arabic: شارع ﺇ ١١) is a highway in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The longest road in the Emirates stretches from Al-Silah in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It ends in Ras al-Khaimah emirate, running roughly parallel to UAE’s coastline along the Persian Gulf.
The road forms the main artery in some emirates’ main cities. It assumes various alternate names —Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, 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 street 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 kilometers (34 mi) away in the area of Jebel Ali.
The road was formerly known as Defence Road.
Between 1993 and 1998, 30 kilometers (19 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, named the road after the then president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
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.
The highways in Dubai themselves have between seven and 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.