Technically, Sheikh Zayed Road – christened after the much-loved first president of the UAE – is the name of the highway that runs all the way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. In practice, however, when locals refer to “Sheikh Zayed Road” they are usually talking about the section of highway in central Dubai between Interchange no. 1 and the Trade Centre Roundabout (also known as Za’abeel Roundabout) – in other words, from the Dusit Thani hotel to just north of the Emirates Towers, which is where you’ll find most of the road’s hotels, restaurants and shops.

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