Dubai road to be renamed in honour of helicopter crash royal

Academic City Road to be renamed after Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, right, with Sheikh Mohammed.
By Staff writer
Sat 24 Feb 2018 10:48 AM

A road in Dubai is being renamed in honour of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, who returned home to the UAE on Saturday after a successful treatment in Germany for injuries suffered in a helicopter crash in Yemen last year.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered that the Academic City Road in Dubai be renamed in recognition of his contributions to the UAE.

Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the grandson of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was among the three soldiers injured in the crash that took place in Yemen's Shabwah Governate in August 2017.

Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in London in 2009.

Running parallel to Mohamed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, the eight-lane highway extends 50km from its intersection with Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road to the Oman Street intersection. Half of the road has already been opened to traffic while the remaining half will be opened in March.

The road, which has a capacity of 12,000-16,000 vehicles per hour in both directions, is considered one of Dubai’s key strategic roads as it offers access to several major areas such as Dubai Silicon Oasis, Arabian Ranches and the Expo 2020 site.

It features seven main intersections with Ras Al Khor Road, Latifa bint Hamdan Street, Hassa Street, Al Yalayis Road, Al Qudra Road, Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road and Al Ain Road, in addition to 10 secondary intersections.

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