One of Dubai’s most prestigious roads now goes by a completely different moniker…

First Al Diyafah became 2nd of December Street, then Emirates Road became Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

Now? Well, Al Sufouh Road has just been renamed King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street.


Why? H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, has renamed the road after the current King of Saudi Arabia “in recognition and appreciation of his role in supporting the causes of the Arab and Muslim world”. It also falls on the occasion of Saudi National Day.

Where is the former Al Sufouh Road exactly? Well it’s the stretch of waterfront road that takes you from the end of Dubai Marina all the way to the Burj Al Arab (past Media City, the summer palaces of the royal family, the Palm Jumeirah and more). It’s definitely a premium piece of Dubai real estate.

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Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, opened the renamed street at a ceremony yesterday.


The road runs rom Umm Suqeim Street to Garn Al Sabkha – it has three lanes in each direction and a capacity of 4,500 vehicles per hour in each direction. It’s also home to the Dubai Tram.

Now we wonder how long it will take Google Maps to update?


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Photos: Dubai Media Office