If we can call Jumeirah Beach the Heart of Dubai, then the Sheikh Zayed Road has all the reasons to be named the main artery of not only Dubai, but also the whole United Arab Emirates. Most of the main modern and ultramodern attractions and many of Dubai’s strategically important buildings and skyscrapers are all situated along the Sheikh Zayed Road, the road of highest importance in Dubai.
The Sheikh Zayed Road crosses the whole downtown of Dubai, giving a great chance for everyone to explore the modern parts of Dubai. The main reason of building the Sheikh Zayed Road is to create a road between the biggest towns of the Emirates, Abu Dhabi and Dubai with the most effective road, serving a huge traffic day-by-day. The name of Sheikh Zayed Road as a highway is E11. If we want to see the modern architectural wonders, we can just take a stroll along the Sheikh Zayed Road in the downtown of Dubai. The road runs very close to the seaside of Dubai, which makes it even easier to access the very famous and popular Jumeirah Beach or to look at the world famous Dubai Islands. This is a place which for sure most of us have heard of, giving home to the most exclusive, elegant resorts in the world and also home to the wealthiest from all over the world. Unfortunately, there is no access to the living area, but there is chance to see it close-by, and to take a stroll on the main roads of this giant and wonderful resort.
Along the Sheikh Zayed Road lies the trademark building of Dubai, the huge and magnificent Burj Al Arab Hotel, which everyone knows by the numerous ads or touristic brochures advertising the attractions of Dubai. The huge World Trade Centre complex is also situated on the Sheikh Zayed Road, with the Emirates Towers and the Burj Khalifa just nearby. Burj Khalifa, which was completed in 2009, with its 880 meters, is today’s highest building in the whole world and in real life; it looks even more magnificent than in the photos. The best time to see it is in the early evening hours, when is about to get dark, it is when you can take the most beautiful photos of this giant, being beautifully lighted.
If you walk a bit further down the road, you will get to see the most luxurious resorts of Dubai such as the widely known and anticipated luxury golf club the Emirates Golf Club, as a part of the enormous Emirates Hills luxury area.
The Sheikh Zayed Road also finds the brand new exclusive living-district, the Dubai Marina here. It is almost completed now, with its beautiful lagoons and countless ultramodern skyscrapers. It is definitely a must-see.
Sheikh Zayed Road, which is the longest road in the United Arab Emirates, stretches from the city of Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah, and runs parallel to the coastline along the Persian Gulf. This is the main road in some of the important cities in the UAE, where it is known by different names. It is known as Sheikh Maktoum Road in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, and Sheikh Muhammed bin Salem Road in Ras Al Khaimah.
Most of Dubai’s skyscrapers, including the Emirates Towers and the famous Burj Khalifa, are found along Sheikh Zayed Road. It connects the newly developed areas such as the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, and the Dubai Waterfront. This road, which is a ten-lane highway, with five roads on each side of a barrier, runs parallel to the coast, and is the newest modern business district of Dubai. The road stretches for 55 km from the Dubai World Centre roundabout to the border of Abu Dhabi. Many modern buildings and constructions, built mainly of glass, chrome, and steel, line the road on both the sides. The major attraction of the Sheikh Zayed Road is the area between the roundabout and the first intersection. You can have striking views of a number of tall high-rise buildings consisting of hotels, offices, shopping malls, and apartments.
There are a number of luxury 5-star hotels located on the stretch between the Dubai International Financial Centre and the Dubai World Trade Centre on this famous road. The Monarch Dubai is a luxury 5-star hotel located on this road. The 33 storey hotel offers an excellent and panoramic view of the city of Dubai as well as the Arabian Gulf. The Al Murooj Rotana Hotel & Suites is a landmark by virtue of its excellent location. It is quite prominently located and quite close to all the important places. Some of the other luxury hotels located here are the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Shangri-La Hotel, the Dusit Thani, and the Fairmont. Some other well known luxury 3 and 4 star hotels of Dubai are the Metropolitan Hotel, the Towers Rotana Hotel, and the Four Points Sheraton – to name a few. If you fancy staying in Hotel Apartments along the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, you can choose from the Number One Tower, Villa Rotana Suites or the Chelsea Tower, which are just a few of the many hotel apartments available.
There are a number of restaurants along the Sheikh Zayed Road, where you can dine to your heart’s content. If you are a connoisseur of food, you can just go where your taste buds beckon you. Some of the famous restaurants on this road are the Apres, the Café Ceramique, the Cavalli Club, Flavours on Two, and Pergolas, which are but a few of the famous restaurants.
The Sheikh Zayed Road boasts of a number of night clubs to cater to your tastes and moods. ‘The 400’ is an exclusive hangout for the rich and famous, and holds exactly 400 people. The Balcony Bar is a real swanky place which boasts of an excellent selection of drinks and cigars. Other watering holes are the 1897 Bar, the 19th Hole, and the 360 Degrees.
As we can see Sheikh Zayed Road is really the artery of Dubai, serving the biggest traffic in the downtown area and outside of town has the key–role in transportation as well. There is a brand new metro line completed just recently running along the Sheikh Zayed Road. Therefore, in case you get tired of walking, you can freely take a metro too, in order to get to know the beauties of Dubai even better. Do come and stay at any of the hotels on the Sheikh Zayed Road, indulge your senses at the numerous bars, and taste the gourmet food of the many restaurants here. You will never forget the experience!