The UAE’s ranking in road infrastructure
The UAE has the best road network globally. According to the Global Competitiveness Report issued by the World Economic Forum for the year 2019, the UAE occupies the seventh position in the index of road quality.
Ministry of Interior Development replaced traditional lights with power-saving LED lamps on all federal roads spanning 710 km. The LEDs are less pollutant to the environment with less carbon emission than traditional lights. They also have a longer life that hits 10 years and save 50 per cent of consumed energy.
The UAE continues to construct and maintain roads in accordance with international standards, using the best technology that fits the country's environmental conditions. The roads' projects aim to improve efficiency of traffic and connect parts of the country with a modern road network. The UAE has a road network, which connects different emirates with each other. These roads include:
E11 - It is the longest road in the UAE; it stretches from Al Silah in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and ends in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. It has various alternate names: Sheikh Maktoum Road in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai and Sheikh Muhammad bin Salem Road in Ras Al Khaimah.
E311 or Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road - It was known as Emirates road. The road links Dubai to the rest of the emirates.
E611 or Emirates Bypass road - It is 110 km long. It provides an alternative route to Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed roads for drivers from Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Sharjah, heading to Abu Dhabi without having to go through downtown Dubai.
Sheikh Khalifa highway - It links Dubai and Fujairah; shortening the distance by 20 to 30 km as opposed to older routes.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed road - It links the villages in the eastern region.
Dubai-Fujairah road - It passes through the Hatta mountain range and goes through the emirates of Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.
Dubai-Al Ain road – it links Dubai with Al Ain city.
Sheikh Zayed Bridge - It is 842 metres long and 64 metres high. It is the third traffic route connecting the mainland to the island of Abu Dhabi.
All vehicles including taxis are subject to a toll of AED 4 when they pass through the toll gates in Dubai. Vehicle owners are required to buy salik tags which are available online and at petrol stations. After purchasing the salik tag, vehicle owners must stick them on the front shield of their car/bike. Check the salik balance from time to time by calling on 800-Salik (80072545) and re-charge it online. Read about additional top-up channels.
Passing through salik gates without the tag may attract fines. Moreover, in case of passing through Salik gate without sufficient balance in Salik tag car and not charging the card within 5 days, a fine will be levied on the vehicle.
In Abu Dhabi
On 16 March 2020, Abu Dhabi Government announced that all vehicles, whether commercial or personal, will be exempted from tolls until the end of the year 2020.
From 2 January 2019, Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) will activate four tollgates on the following bridges leading into the city of Abu Dhabi:
- Sheikh Zayed Bridge
- Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Bridge
- Al Maqtaa Bridge
- Mussafah Bridge.
A toll of AED 4 will be levied on every vehicle passing the gate during peak hours that have been identified to last from 7 to 9 am and from 5 to 7 pm from Saturday to Thursday.
No fees will be levied during off-peak hours, Fridays and official holidays.
Owners of vehicles will be required to open a toll account through Abu Dhabi Toll Gate System, through which they can process online payment.
Vehicles will be automatically identified by their plate number without having to stick a tag on the windshield.
The toll is being introduced in accordance with Law No. 17 of 2017 on Road Tolls in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. For more information about tolls in Abu Dhabi, contact the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) or ITC.
Read frequently asked questions about Abu Dhabi tollgates.
In Abu Dhabi, the Darb website, uses the Geographical Information System (GIS) and helps users to access fast, up-to-date and reliable information on driving directions, car travel maps, bus travel maps (bus routes and bus stops), bus terminals, points of interest (ATMs, petrol stations, hospitals etc.), ferry routes and timings. Darb also provides information on all airports in the UAE, with particular emphasis on details about the airports in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and related facilities such as passenger terminals and parking locations.
The Darb application is available on Google Play and App Store.
Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched Smart Drive, an on-board route planning and exploration app, which operates without mobile Internet connection. RTA Smart Drive App provides turn-by-turn voice and visual instruction, automatic re-routing and speed limit alerts while displaying points of interest along the drive.
Smart Drive is available on Google Play and App Store.
Updated on 22 Sep 2020