Many "roundabouts" are junctions with traffic lights (signals) but have retained the roundabout name in common use.
The words "Road" and "Street" are often used interchangeably with no rhyme or reason, even to the extent that at one end of a road the sign will say "Rd" but at the other end the sign will say "St". Some names will just sound odd though - you rarely hear people say "Sheikh Zayed Street" for example ... in Dubai, however there is a Sheikh Zayed St in Sharjah (crosses Al Wahda Rd at the Flying Saucer roundabout) not connected to the Dubai SZR.
Al Diyafah Street renamed as Second of December Street
Al Diyafah Street is a well-known road in Satwa, Bur Dubai with a number of cafes and restaurants, and lots of cars in the evenings slowing everything down.
The road runs from the Dubai World Trade Center roundabout to Jumeirah Beach Road at the Union House intersection (where the giant flagpole is).
Al Diyafa St was renamed as 2nd of December Street on 02 or 03 December 2011 (announced by WAM news) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.
Roads, streets, highways renamed in Dubai
Al Diyafah Road > 2nd of December Street
Burj Dubai Boulevard > Emaar Boulevard. Date of name change unknown, might have been at the same time the Dubai Tower (Burj Dubai) was renamed as the Burj Khalifa Tower - 04 Jan 2010 when it officially opened. Road was also called "The Emerald Necklace" (in a press release or news item in April 2004, no further references to the name seen since, except for repeat stories using the original report)?
Doha Street > Financial Center Road (or is not renamed, both names are used?).
Emaar Boulevard (was Burj Dubai Boulevard before being named Emaar Boulevard) > Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (26 Dec 2012). Was (or is still) also called The Boulevard, Downtown Boulevard, Downtown Dubai Boulevard, Dubai Mall Boulevard (unofficial names).
Emirates Road (E311) > Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
Hadeed Road (D651 or D67, 319 St?) > Latifa Bint Hamdan Street. Between Sheikh Zayed Rd and Al Khail Rd at Al Khail Gate interchange.
Major highways, motorways in or connecting Dubai
E11 - Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai to Abu Dhabi highway
E311 - Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Highway or Road (MBZ Rd) (was called the Emirates Road - now the 611 Rd or Outer Bypass Rd is called the Emirates Rd).
E611 - Emirates Road (previously called Dubai Bypass Road or Outer Bypass Rd).
[Completed Aug 2015] Al Yalayes Road, link between Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Rd (at Al Houdh roundabout) and Emirates Road via Dubai Investment Park (DIP). Length 9 km, 8 lanes total, access to and from DIP and Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Road projects in Dubai 2014
E311 motorway to Abu Dhabi - new Abu Dhabi-Dubai road
The E311 was the Emirates Road, then renamed as the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.
12 Dec 2013 - Developer Musanada (Abu Dhabi General Services) announced the new highway project (again?). Road length 62 km. Completion date still 2017, construction time 30 months. Phase I and II contractors appointed (or MoUs signed with Musanada) are Abu Dhabi Salini Costruttori, Ghantoot Transport and General Contracting Establishment, Tristar Engineering and Constructions. Initially the highway will have 4 lanes in each direction, with possible future expansion to 6 lanes each way if necessary.
Extension from Dubai to Abu Dhabi parallel to the E11 Sheikh Zayed Road (present DXB-AUH highway) planned. Project cost AED 2.1 billion. Route from Mohammed bin Zayed Road in Saih Sheib, through Al Maha Forest, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), connects to the Sweihan Road in Abu Dhabi. Completion date in 2014 ... delayed to 2017.
Last update Saturday 15-Aug-2015
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