Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road
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  • John M
    4 contributions
    Driving in Dubai
    Just spent 10 days with hire car in dubai, the driving was fairly disciplined compared to uk once you get used to the free for all lane use. Its easiest to drive your own drive somewhere in the middle of the 5/6/7/8 lanes minding your own business but be extra attentive when changing lanes. The junctions are an absolute nightmare with the road frequently splitting left and right and google connected to the nav did an ok job but I did many wrong turns which added a bit of time here and there. Picked up a £150 radar speeding ticket which Thrifty car hire alerted me to the next day, paid it on car return. Its nice to have the car to do your own thing while there. You will see Dubai from a different perspective. I recommend visiting the mountain areas Jebel Ali in RAK, and Hatta, cooler and a delightful change of scenery an hour or so's drive from Dubai, and Abu Dhabi in the other direction. Most of the so called tourist attractions are very accesible and much quicker to get to by road. The traffic can be very busy. The parking wasnt a problem anywhere. I wouldnt recommend hire with no driving on the right experience it is quite a deep end to get used to.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 15, 2023
  • TheShis
    Tel Aviv, Israel38,238 contributions
    A long, long road.
    This endless road is what Dubai is all about. From a small, meaningless fishing village, to a stunning modern city. Most of the city's iconic building can be found along this road, which will be jammed packed with cars during the morning and afternoon rush hours.
    Written November 25, 2022
  • PrestonGuild
    United Kingdom54,768 contributions
    Sheikh Zayed Road
    We passed through Sheikh Zayed Road as we headed towards Abu Dhabi from Dubai airport and then several days later. When we did the return journey. As we were going through early in the morning, the traffic was light and our driver pointed out stories associated with some of the buildings. There is the unfinished hotel/skyscraper that 'borrowed' the design from another construction and the US architects sued. We have been travelling this road for years and there are always new buildings being constructed. If you visit Dubai often take pictures and compare them from previous years.
    Written June 18, 2020
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,139 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
It's a very large road riding from one side of the city to the other, very impressive if you're European or not used to such massive streets. I've seen similar ones in China but what I found interesting in Dubai is that a lot of malls, attractions and business activities gravitate around it, as well as the tallest skyscrapers in the city.
Interesting to see at least once, but still just a road.
Written April 13, 2021
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Memoirs-Sachin
Mumbai, India667 contributions
Nov 2019
The Sheikh Zayed Road is the main road in Dubai City & has become a tourist spot by its own. The most awesome & architecturally marvelous buildings are all located on this road. Would probably be the world's expensive place for any commercial or residential property.
Written March 8, 2020
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK6,666 contributions
Jul 2022
I was staying in a hotel near the World Trade Centre Metro Station on Sheikh Zayed Road, and either caught the Metro or walked virtually the length of the road until the pavement ran out.

There are 4 Metro Stations on the road, museums, numerous hotels, shops, restaurants and cafes. so plenty to see and do.

I observed and photographed the road from street level, the pool area of my hotel, the Sky View Observatory and the 154th floor of the Burj Khalifa which gives a perspective of the size of the road.

I found it really good exercise in the late afternoon to walk along the road as it's in the shade. Take plenty off water with you though.
Written July 20, 2022
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,139 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
We traveled through it daily by metro and we saw it at night from the sky Observatory and by day from Burj.
Really impressive, so many cars using it daily and apparently in a rather efficient manner. By night it's lit and really looks stunning.
Written April 9, 2022
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Gunnydog_2001
United Arab Emirates779 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
I live on SZR. It's a road. A very congested road that runs the N-S gamut of Dubai.

It is not an attraction.

It is a road.

And only the passengers in the vehicle could possibly enjoy any of the 'view', because the driver would be trying desperately to not get hit or a ticket. And pay attention- the speed limit changes depending on the traffic conditions.

There can be fee's for this 'attraction' depending on if you go far enough to activate your SALIK (toll device) and on a Thursday this 'attraction' could take hours to traverse. Early on a Friday you could drive the whole way in 30 minutes.
Written April 8, 2015
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kasejason
Chicago, IL364 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) connects many of the main sights in Dubai and runs straight through the city. If you are driving in Dubai, you will almost certainly find yourself in need of a trip along this road. Unfortunately, driving this road is enough to ruin a vacation for several reasons. We made the mistake of booking a hotel on SZR, thinking that it would make for easier access to the main Dubai sights. Because of our close proximity to this road, we learned a few important lessons about driving in Dubai. These are detailed below.

Drivers in Dubai, and especially on SZR, are incredibly impatient and rude to other drivers. If you ever end up in a left lane (easily done due to merging lanes and ramps) you can expect to have another car riding your bumper within seconds. You will hear lots of horns and can expect flashing headlights until you get over into another lane. It doesn't really matter if you're going above the speed limit, someone will always want to go faster than you.

Merging or changing lanes is another challenge on this road. When I would put my turn signal on to indicate that I wanted to change lanes, other drivers would actually accelerate into my blind spot in an attempt to cut me off. There was no consideration given to other drivers at all, and I quickly learned that I would have to be very aggressive in order to get anywhere. While remaining aggressive, I still had to try to drive defensively to avoid accidents, and any trip down SZR left me feeling on edge and very stressed out.

There are speed cameras every couple of kilometers all along SZR. These will flash and document your car if you ever exceed the speed limit by 20 km per hour. If the posted speed limit is 100 km per hour, you can drive up to 119 km per hour without issue, but as soon as you pass this threshold, you are at risk of a ticket. You can also be issued a ticket if you are driving too slowly.

Perhaps the most frustrating part about SZR was that the exits and entrances have been laid out in a most confusing fashion. There are often places to exit the road that lead to curvy ramps that will soon send you in an opposite direction from what you expected. There is then no way to get back on the highway except to drive for several kilometers out of your way and find a different street. It boggles my mind how a road this vital to Dubai could be laid out so poorly. This was not a problem unique to SZR, and all of the roads we encountered in Dubai suffered from a similar fate. Needless to say, if you intend to drive yourself in Dubai, you should invest in a GPS or extremely good maps. Otherwise, you will waste a lot of time trying to find an appropriate entrance or exit.

Gas was not easy to find along this road. We would sometimes see gas stations from the road, but there was no way to reach them. As mentioned above, any attempts to exit the highway did not end well, so we had to buy an Explorer map that included gas stations just so that we wouldn't end up stranded in traffic. When we did succeed in finding a station, it was so crowded that we had to wait in line for 15 minutes just to get to a pump, and during this time we were cut off by other aggressive drivers trying to sneak in front of us.

Lastly, there are a few toll gates that you have to pass through while driving. Because of the ridiculous layout of the roads, we sometimes ended up passing through the same booth multiple times while trying to get to a given location. This was the icing on the rotten cake that is SZR.

For all of the reasons listed above, I would advise that you not drive yourself in Dubai unless you absolutely have to do so. Use the train system or take a taxi and you will save yourself a lot of stress. There are some nice things to see while driving SZR, but you will be so busy avoiding accidents/ saving your own life that you will not be able to appreciate the views of the city. In a taxi, at least you can take some time to stop and look around so you don't miss it.
Written April 19, 2015
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Buzzy1
Boulder, Colorado615 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
The question is how can a road be an attraction, or deserving of a TA review? It is
the main artery in Dubai and has constant traffic. Stop & go in rush hour. The Metro
runs alongside it and is a better option than driving or taxis. This road (or the Metro)
will take you to all the important places on the West side of the creek. There are lots
of big buildings on either side of the road. Reviewing this road is reminiscent of
writing a school outing report in the fourth grade.
Written March 4, 2015
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Moaied K
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia127 contributions
Apr 2013 • Friends
it is a main street in dubai and from here can go any where you want also if you dont like to take a taxi or drive a car there is a metro take you all way.
Written May 7, 2013
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Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar14,032 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
Known to be the longest road in the UAE, construction for Sheikh Zayed Road began in 1971. The highway was completed in 1980. The road is named after the then President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Written December 20, 2022
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helenandian2015
Swansea County, UK6 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
We were staying in the Sheraton Grand hotel, a newly opened hotel located just opposite the World Trade Centre (apparently Dubai's first skyscraper) with access to their Club Lounge which overlooked the road and the big roundabout/interchange. During happy hour in the evenings we'd watch the ebb and flow of traffic up and down Sheikh Zayed Road with the traffic jams sometimes stretching out of sight and at night looking like strings of diamonds and rubies. The number of breakdowns, sirens and loud Ferrari and Lamborghini exhausts is enough to turn any petrol head as are the rows of Bentleys, rollers and other supercars just parked on the roadside as if they were little city runarounds! It was fun to watch the way the traffic jockeyed for position. Running parallel with the metro line and lined with many prestigious hotels, I'd say that along this road is where I'd choose to stay again as it's so convenient whichever direction you want to go...to old or new dubai!
Written March 15, 2015
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