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Abu Dhabi road names

  • 13 Nov 2013 - some roads have been renamed as part of the Abu Dhabi Onwani addressing system. See information below table. Table not updated.
  • Mar 2014 - Onwani is Arabic for "My Address" not "Get Lost!" despite what some people might think after the Abu Dhabi Street Sign Replacement Department put new signs up without the road numbers that many residents used for reference, and making most maps of Abu Dhabi obsolete overnight. We don't know if it was some sort of negligence, or a deliberate omission to try and force people to use the new road names, but either way it is rather out of character for an emirate trying to make itself more user-friendly and develop its tourism potential. One rumoured explanation is that someone in the department had an axe to grind (against what isn't clear) but had an opportunity to mess things up for residents and visitors trying to find their way around Abu Dhabi, and no one picked up on it until it was too late.

Note that North-South and East-West on this page, and with reference to Abu Dhabi roads, is inaccurate. Roads close to Abu Dhabi city center (the Corniche area) are mostly either NW-SE direction (what we're referring to as North-South), or NE-SW direction (what we're referring to as East-West). Moving away from the center and into the desert, the road alignment changes such that what we're calling North-South actually goes from NW-SE to East-West, and what we're calling East-West becomes more like North-South. Confused? Welcome to the UAE.

That probably doesn't help much. Try thinking of it this way: North-South roads run along the length of Abu Dhabi island, and East-West roads run across the width of the island.

 

North South Abu Dhabi roads

Common name
New Name1
Number
Map name
Area
Comments
Airport Road   2nd St Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum St    
Old Airport Rd   2nd St Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoom St    
Lulu Rd Sultan bin Zayed the First 4th St Lulu Rd Al Markaziyah  
Al Sharqi St Sultan bin Zayed the First 4th St Al Sharqi St Madinat Zayed  
New Airport Rd Sultan bin Zayed the First 4th St East Rd, Muroor Rd, New Airport Rd   South
East Road Sultan bin Zayed the First 4th St East Rd, Muroor Rd, New Airport Rd   Eastern Rd, South
Muroor Road Sultan bin Zayed the First 4th St East Rd, Muroor Rd, New Airport Rd Madinat Zayed  
Al Dhafra Rd         Al Dafra St
6th St Fatima bint Mubarak St 6th St Umm Al Nar St    
6th St Fatima bint Mubarak St 6th St Bani Yas Road, Baniyas Rd    
Najda Rd (St) Fatima bint Mubarak St 6th St Baniyas Rd Madinat Zayed Al Baladiya area?
Al Najdah Rd Fatima bint Mubarak St 6th St Baniyas Rd   ... and Al Dhafra?
East Coast Rd Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan St 8th St Al Salam St    
Eastern Ring Rd Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan St 8th St Al Salam St    
New Corniche Rd Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan St 8th St Al Salam St Madinat Zayed  
  Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan St 8th St Corniche Al Qurm St Muroor? Old name (ADM97)?
10th St   10th St Liwa St    
    22nd St Khalid Bin Al Waleed St    
    24th St Al Karamah St    
  Mubarak bin Mohammed 26th St King Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Saeed St   North
  Mubarak bin Mohammed 26th St Al Nahyan, Nahayan St   South
    28th St Khalifa Bin Shakbut, Shakhbout St    
Arabian Gulf Rd   30th St Al Khaleej Al Arabi St    
Mussafah Rd   30th St Al Khaleej Al Arabi St    
Coast Rd   30th St Al Khaleej Al Arabi St    
    32nd St Khalidiyah St   Or 7th St? North?
  Al Bateen St 32nd St Sultan Bin Zayed St   South
    34th St Baynunah St, Baynounah Rd   to Emirates Palace
 

East West Abu Dhabi roads

Common name
New name1
Number
Map name
Area
Comments
Corniche   1st St      
Khalifa St Khalifa bin Zayed the First 3rd St Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed St    
Khalifa St Khalifa bin Zayed the First 3rd St Al Istiqalal St    
Hamdan St   5th St Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed St   East
Hamdan St   5th St Al Nasr St   West
    5th St Al Khubairah St Al Khubeirah  
*Electra St (Rd)   7th St     East
Zayed the First St   7th St Sheikh Zayed the First St   West
Zayed the First St   7th St Zayed the Second St (ADM97)   East of Airport Rd
Zayed the First St   7th St Zayed the First St (ADM97)   West of Airport Rd
Khalidiyah St*   7th St Sheikh Zayed the First St Khalidiya only? Or 32nd St?
Old Passport Rd   9th St Al Falah St   West
Passport Road   9th St Al Falah St    
Jawazat Rd   9th St Al Falah St   East
*Immigration Rd   9th St Al Falah St    
Defense Rd   11th St Hazza Bin Zayed St    
    11th St Al Sudan St    
Al Bateen St   11th St Haza Bin Zayed the First St?    
Delma St   13th St Delma St, Dalma St    
    15th St Mohammed Bin Khalifa St    
    17th St      
  Shakhbout bin Sultan St 19th St Al Saad St, Al Saada St    
  Dihan Street 21st St      
  Salama bint Butti St 23rd St      
  Al Dhafra St 25th St      
  Mawgab St 27th St      
  Rabdan St 29th St      
  Dhafeer St 31st St      
  1. New street names from Nov 2013, also Mar 2014.
  • Abu Dhabi city is on an island that is much longer than it is wide. Streets running across the width of the island (east-west) have odd numbers, streets running along the length of the island (north-south) have even numbers. Many streets also have other names which might be marked on maps, and common names which are rarely marked on maps but are what everyone uses in everyday conversation, and what taxi drivers will understand.
  • The words "Road" and "Street" are often used interchangeably, with no rhyme or reason.
  • Abu Dhabi is split down the middle by Airport Road, some street names for roads that cross Airport Rd (odd numbers) change from one side of Airport Rd to the other - sometimes common names, sometimes map names, sometimes both, just to make sure you never make it home in time for supper.
  • The Emirates Palace side of the island is west, the Tourist Club Area is east, with the Airport Rd as the divider. Some road names will have East or West added on, usually related to what side of the Airport Rd they're on.
  • Streets named after a male member of a royal family will normally start with "Sheikh" but it's a bit random whether maps show this or not.
  • Within each grid sector between the main roads, the minor roads are also numbered, so there are many different minor "1st Streets" for example - one in every sector. Main roads are signposted in blue, minor roads are signposted in green.
  • If you're new to Abu Dhabi, go out early for a drive on a Friday morning (there's much less traffic) to familiarise yourself with the pattern and some landmarks.

New addressing system and street names in Abu Dhabi - Onwani Unified Addressing and Wayfinding System

13 Nov 2013 (WAM) - The Onwani Unified Addressing and Wayfinding System is an Abu Dhabi project by the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) to rename streets to reduce confusion with multiple names for the same streets, and introduce a simplified address system.

  • Onwani project officially launched on Tue 12 Nov 2013. Onwani is Arabic for "My address".
  • The system will be implemented by the Abu Dhabi Municipality, Al Ain Municipality and Western Region Municipality under the direction of the DMA.
  • All streets in the emirate of Abu Dhabi expected to have unique names by the end of 2015. Abu Dhabi city by the end of 2014, Al Ain and the Western Region (Al Gharbiya) by the end of 2015.
  • New road signs already in place (or being placed) in the following areas or districts: Al Bahia, Al Falah, Mariah Island, old Al Nahyan Camp area.
  • The Onwani project will introduce 12,000 new street names across the emirate, and 20,000 new road and district signs are expected to be set up. New street names will reflect Emirati culture, UAE and regional history. Examples:
    • Muroor Road (also called Fourth Street, East Road) expected to be renamed as Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street.
    • Najda Street (also called Bani Yas Street or Baniyas St) expected to be renamed as Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Street.
  • As part of the Onwani project, each home, office, or other location will have a unique address with the building number, street name, city name, and emirate name. A total of 200,000 locations will be given a new address.

Streets in Abu Dhabi renamed

  • Mar 2014 - two streets renamed in memory of:
    • Saif Ghubash St (Saif Ghobash) - a former UAE Foreign Affairs minister who was killed in October 1977 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, during an attempt to assassinate the Syrian foreign minister.
    • Khalifa Al Mubarak - a former ambassador to France who was killed (assassinated?) in Paris in February 1984.
  • 23 Feb 2014 (WAM) - Khalifa Al Mubarak is a new name for a road in Abu Dhabi city, but report didn't say which road. Or it hasn't been renamed yet. The new road name is to honour the late Khalifa Al Mubarak who was UAE ambassador to several countries.
  • 23 Nov 2013 (WAM) - 14 major Abu Dhabi roads were renamed as part of the Abu Dhabi City Onwani project, honouring Emirati persons of note or having geographical significance:
    1. *Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Street?
    2. 4th St (Muroor Road, Fourth Street, East Road) - renamed as Sultan bin Zayed the First Street (?), after the father of Sheikh Zayed ("Father of the UAE") and son of Sheikh Zayed the First. Ruler of Abu Dhabi from 1922-1926.
    3. 6th Street (Al Najda Street) - renamed as Fatima bint Mubarak Street, road runs from Corniche Road to Hazza bin Zayed Street. New name honours the "Mother of the UAE" for her contributions to UAE society, especially in the area of women's empowerment.
    4. 8th Street (Al Salam Street) - renamed as Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street, after the first UAE President, also Ruler of Abu Dhabi 1966-2004. Connects with Sheikh Zayed Bridge.
    5. 26th Street - renamed as Mubarak bin Mohammed Street (Mohamed, Mohammad).
    6. 32nd Street - renamed as Al Bateen Street.
    7. 3rd Street (Khalifa St) - renamed as Khalifa bin Zayed the First Street, after the oldest son of Zayed the First.
    8. 19th Street (Al Saada St) - renamed as Shakhbout bin Sultan Street, Ruler of Abu Dhabi from 1928-1966.
    9. 21st Street - renamed as Dihan Street.
    10. 23rd Street - renamed as Salama bint Butti Street.
    11. 25th Street - renamed as Al Dhafra Street.
    12. 27th Street - renamed as Mawgab Street.
    13. 29th Street - renamed as Rabdan Street.
    14. 31st Street - renamed as Dhafeer Street.
Last update Sunday 01-Feb-2015
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