One of Dubai’s major roads has been renamed in tribute to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
Emirates Road will be known as Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road with immediate effect, by order of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.
The rebranding recognises Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed’s "valuable role in advancing inclusive development nationwide", according to UAE state news agency WAM.
Inaugurated in 2001, the 140km-long road is one of the key strategic routes in the UAE’s land transport and road network, connecting Dubai to other emirates including Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain and Ras Al Khaimah.
The road is expected to play an increasing role in the UAE, especially in Dubai where the number of road users continues to rise due to massive urban expansion either side of the thoroughfare. Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority has already doubled the highway's capacity, increasing the number of lanes from three to six in 2006 in order to carry up to 12,000 vehicles per hour.