Dubai Ruler orders Emirates Road to be renamed
Emirates Road is to be officially known as Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road from now on.
National news agency WAM reported yesterday that HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ordered the name change in a tribute to HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The report said the decision had been taken to honour “his valuable role in advancing inclusive development nationwide”.
The 140km-long road, which is one of the UAE’s major arteries, was inaugurated in 2001 and has capacity for up to 12,000 vehicles per hour. The highway begins as a truck road in Abu Dhabi and passes through Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah.
The announcement comes just days after Emaar said that it was also changing the name of Emaar Boulevard in Downtown Dubai to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard in honour of the Ruler of Dubai.
However, some people felt that it will take a while for the new name for Emirates Roads to catch on. A 7DAYS reader posted on facebook: “Everyone will still call it Emirates Road.”