The Districts Of Dubai - Sheikh Zayed Road/Downtown
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Two key areas of the city of Dubai include the Sheikh Zayed Road and Downtown districts - providing access to many of the Emirate's famous buildings, restaurants, hotels, and tourist areas.
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This video to the right takes you on a drive down Sheikh Zayed Road towards Abu Dhabi with iconic buildings such as the World Trade Center, Fairmont Hotel and Burj Khalifa to your left and right.
The image to the right of Sheikh Zayed Road is supplied courtesy of the Wikipedia article on the same.
Formed in 1980, this highway was originally named Defence Road until an expansion between 1993 and 1998. It was during this time that the then ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, renamed the highway after the then President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Also known as E 11, Sheikh Zayed Road runs along the coastline of the Persian Gulf from the Trade Center Roundabout in Dubai, to the border of Abu Dhabi. While Sheikh Zayed Road runs a total of 347-miles, locals usually refer to Sheikh Zayed Road as the section of highway in central Dubai between Interchange #1 and the Trade Center Roundabout. This stretch of Sheikh Zayed Road is home to most of Dubai’s skyscrapers and also connects to other Dubai attractions such as the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina.
When traveling along Sheikh Zayed Road, there are several interchanges that will allow you to either enter or exit the highway from some of Dubai’s more popular areas. Here are just some of the interchanges and the area in which they access.
Sheikh Zayed Road Interchanges
• World Trade Centre Roundabout: Towards Union House, Bur Juman, and Zabeel Park.
• Interchange 1: Financial Centre Road Street interchange towards Downtown Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, and Dubai Mall.
• Interchange 2: Towards Hadiqa Road, Safa Park and Jumeirah on the west, and Meydan Road towards Meydan on the east.
• Interchange 3: Towards Al Quoz through Manara Road on the east.
• Interchange 4: Towards the Mall of the Emirates, Gold and Diamond Park, Madinat Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park, and Jumeirah Beach Hotel through Umm Suqeim Road.
• Interchange 5: Towards Dubai Marina, Emirates Hills, Dubai Media Center, and Dubai Internet City.
Exploring Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai is a large scale, mixed use complex that is home to some of Dubai’s most important landmarks. Among these are the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountains, and the Dubai Mall. Also located within Downtown Dubai is the Address Downtown Dubai. This super tall skyscraper rises to 1,004-feet and sits right alongside the Dubai Mall. The 63-floors that make up the Address Downtown Dubai are used for residential space as well as a hotel. The Address Downtown Dubai can also make the claim of being the 6th tallest building in Dubai as well as the 36th tallest building in the world.
In addition to the Address Downtown Dubai, there are other residential structures as well as office complexes. The Old Town and the Old Town Island stand as low rise residential buildings while The Residences, South Ridge, and Emaar Boulevard make up high rise residential towers.
Downtown Dubai will literally give you endless options when it comes to entertainment and dining. From the endless number of world class themed restaurants and cafes to skiing, Downtown Dubai is a place worth exploring.
Being a resident in Downtown Dubai with easy access to these great sites, as well as access to the Dubai Metro, is basically having a front seat to the heartbeat of Dubai. With all of the great landmarks it is also a tourist hotspot that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
The following video is a fairly short promotional one showing images of the Downtown area - known as one of the most prestigious square kilometres of real estate in the world.
It's obviously difficult to visualize a road as an attraction, but with the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai it becomes apparent that it doesn't quite fit into the world of normal roads.
And while some would not necessarily consider Sheikh Zayed Road a region either, it most certainly can be considered an attraction due to its length and access to many of Dubai’s famous buildings, restaurants, hotels, and tourist areas.