ABOUT SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) is known as one of the main highways in Dubai and the road that connects the seven emirates. Sheikh Zayed Road not only is the busiest roads in Dubai, but it also has many high-rise buildings that house residential apartments and serviced hotel apartments. The area is always bustling and is popular amongst working professionals due to the close proximity to many business hubs.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Best known as the E11 highway that connects the two largest cities of UAE; Dubai and Abu Dhabi
- It is a highway which stretches from Dubai to the other emirates
- Home to many high rise residential skyscrapers
- It stretches to 558.44 km from Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah
- It has different names across the other emirates
Known to be the longest road in the UAE, construction for Sheikh Zayed Road began in 1971. The highway was completed in 1980. The road is named after the then President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. SZR starts as Abu Dhabi - Ghweifat International Highway at the Abu Dhabi - Saudi border and ends as the Al Manama - Ras Al Khaimah Road at the Ras Al Khaimah Oman border.
Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai starts at the interchange near the royal palace in Za’abeel 1. It then leads to Dubai World Trade Centre, Emirates Towers, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and many more landmarks. Most of the buildings on Sheikh Zayed Road offer a high standard of living, with many luxurious amenities nearby.
PROPERTIES ON SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
SZR runs along many commercial and residential communities and provides easy access to many amenities. The buildings on Sheikh Zayed Road are popular among families and individuals alike. While the area is popular among renters, investors will find a few freehold options in the new developments. The prices of properties are evidently different as there are numerous sub-communities involved, all offering different amenities and conveniences.
The area is home to several sky-high apartments, but there are currently no villa communities on Sheikh Zayed Road. Apartments in the towers usually range from studios to 4-bedrooms flats, as well as penthouses. There are also hotel apartments are fully serviced and managed by renowned hospitality groups. Most apartments in this area are centrally air-conditioned and have a central heating system as well. Common facilities include swimming pools, kids play areas, BBQ areas, activity areas and covered parking. The apartments are spacious with a big hall, a balcony with a nice view of other residential towers at the road down below. Some buildings offer views of the Burj Khalifa.
If you are looking to rent a studio apartment on SZR Road, expect prices to start at AED 44k. A 1-bedroom apartment on Sheikh Zayed Road can cost anywhere from AED 60k to AED 180k, to rent annually. Renting a 2-bedroom flat on SZR will cost an average of AED 148k, while a 3 BHK apartment will cost AED 195k, on average. The luxurious 4-bedroom flats for rent on Sheikh Zayed Road range from AED 160k to AED 290k.
Penthouses are popular for their luxurious amenities and breathtaking views. Residents can expect to spend an average of AED 270k for a 3-bedroom penthouse on Sheikh Zayed Road. The most astounding thing about penthouses of this area is the scenic view of Burj Khalifa and Emirates Towers.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES ON SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
It is a 12 lane highway so the residents should not expect it to be a quiet area especially during peak hours which are 07:00 am to 09:00 am and then in the evening from 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm; the area gives a true representation of being the busiest highway of the UAE. Most of the Red Line of the Dubai Metro runs parallel to the long highway. Those who use public transport will find that getting around is a breeze, many use it at rush hour to avoid the traffic on the road. There are also many bus stops around the neighbourhood.
Getting a parking spot in Dubai can be rather difficult, especially during weekends and peak hours. While the residential buildings have dedicated floors for parking, there is also paid street parking. This is often filled up due to the many restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies and other establishments open at the ground level of the apartment buildings.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CARE
SUPERMARKETS ON SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
Known to be a bustling area finding a supermarket isn’t an issue for residents of Sheikh Zayed Road. There is an Al Maya Supermarket, Unique Tower Supermarket and New Delma Supermarket. Other supermarkets on Sheikh Zayed Road are City Supermarket, Spinneys supermarket and West Zone Fresh Supermarket. Plus, there are many smaller marts that also do offer a home delivery service to nearby residential towers
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES ON SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
The population of Dubai is based on 85% expats and they have different beliefs and religions. To accommodate individuals of each belief, there are numerous churches, temples and gurudwaras along with mosques located in the area.
The churches in Oud Mehta are located close to the beginning on Sheikh Zayed Road. This includes St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Coptic Church, St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral and more.
Those belonging to the Hindu and Sikh faith will find options nearby in the Bur Dubai area. Temples in Bur Dubai include the Shiva and Krishna temples, Sikh residents can visit the Sindhi Gurdarbar and the Sikh Gurudwara which are located right behind the temples.
There are many mosques near Sheikh Zayed Road, you can find Khalifa Bin Da'en Mosque, Abdulrahman Al Qasimi Mosque, Ramadan Juma Mosque and more.
SCHOOLS NEAR SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
Sheikh Zayed Road is a busy highway from where it generally takes 10 minutes to reach areas where schools are located. There are many schools nearby that have a different curriculum including daycare centres and nurseries.
Willows Children Nursery, Safa Early Learning Center, Little Champion Nursery, Grassland Daycare & Nursery, British Orchard Nursery Dubai and British Berries Nursery are pre-primary schooling options.
Schools close by include Gems Wellington Primary School, which follows the National Curriculum for England and Jumeirah Baccalaureate School, which follows the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Both these are well-known primary and secondary schools near Sheikh Zayed Road. Following the Indian curriculum, Delhi Private School is at a 6 minutes drive.
The Canadian University of Dubai and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Middle East are also close to this area.
HOSPITALS AND CLINICS ON SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
TOP 5 AREAS ON SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
Topping the list is the 21st Century Tower, it is popular among renters and buyers. The tower is a 55-storey high-rise building completed in 2013. In second place is Duja Tower. It is 195 metres high with 51 floors and is located just across the Dubai World Trade Centre. There is a Carrefour supermarket, pharmacies and retail shops in the tower that makes it a hot favourite.
Latifa Tower is in third place when it comes to residential and commercial preferences of people looking for a space on Sheikh Zayed Road. It is located adjacent to the Crown Plaza Hotel. Al Khawakeb and Gloria Hotel are on the fourth and fifth rank, respectively.
Places like Downtown Dubai, Dubai World Trade Center, and Business Bay are neighbouring areas of Sheikh Zayed Road. Dubai International Financial Center, Burj Khalifa and the famous City Walk are also just a few miles away. Living in a place like Sheikh Zayed Road allows people to access different areas of Dubai as well as other cities.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Residents of Sheikh Zayed Road can be constantly entertained by the many recreational opportunities nearby. There are many hotels lining the long strip which are packed with restaurants, spas and nightlife options.
MALLS ON SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
Malls on Sheikh Zayed Road consist of Times Square Centre, Oasis Mall and Mall of the Emirates. Further south towards the Jebel Ali area is Dubai Marina Mall and Ibn Battuta Mall. All these malls offer a wide range of high street to luxury retail brands, multiple entertainment options and a vast selection of cafes and restaurants.
RESTAURANTS ON SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
You can find many fast-food and casual dining restaurants at the residential and commercial towers on Sheikh Zayed Road. Subway, McDonalds, KFC, Wendy’s and more make up the fast food outlets. Casual dining restaurants on Sheikh Zayed Road include the Lebanese eatery Zaroob, American diner Johnny Rockets and Thai restaurant Little Bangkok.
Fine dining restaurants can be found in the many hotels, popular options consist of molecular gastronomy Indian restaurant Tresind in the VOCO Hotel, Brazillian meat eatery Chamas in the Crown Plaza Hotel and European restaurant Noire in the Fairmount Hotel.
Nightlife options consist of Level 43 Sky Lounge at the Four Points by Sheraton, Cavalli Club in the Fairmount Dubai and Vii Dubai in the Conrad Dubai.
BEACHES NEAR SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
Tourists, nationals and expats all surround the beaches of this megacity during holidays and weekends. Jumeirah Beach, Kite Beach and JBR Beach are a few of the well-known beaches near Sheikh Zayed Road. There are all within a 15-minute drive from SZR. Here you will find many fitness amenities, shaded walkways and waterfront restaurants.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Due to its location, Sheikh Zayed Road can fulfil all the leisure needs of its inhabitants. Everything is either right there or very close to it.
The properties on Sheikh Zayed Road are near five-star lodgings, recreational offices and amusement centres. The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa are famous places that lie across this area. Stunning tourist attraction, The Dubai Fountain is also close to Sheikh Zayed Road which gives the spectators a breathtaking experience one can never forget. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Towers Rotana, Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai and the Fairmount Dubai are a few grand hotels that welcome thousands of tourists every year. As the Dubai Metro runs adjacent to Sheikh Zayed Road, people can get easy access to all the above landmarks and tourist attractions.
There is also the Dubai World Trade Centre which used to be the tallest building in Dubai at one point. Now it hosts thousands of people every year for gigantic events, exhibitions and conferences, such as Comic-Con Dubai, World Art Dubai, Gulfood, Gitex and more.
There are the mega tall twin Emirates Towers which are located along SZR. One tower is commercial while the other houses the Jumeirah Emirates Tower Hotel. There is also the funky Youth Hub which is one of the best co-working spaces in Dubai. The soon to be completed Museum of the Future will also be located along the Sheikh Zayed Road near Emirates Towers.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Al Satwa Park is located just behind the Towers Rotana Hotel, it is a small well-maintained community park. A larger well-known park is Zabeel Park. It features many amenities for children and adults alike. There are areas to barbecue, picnic or just walk around. Go-karts can also be rented at Zabeel Park. A new installation is the Dubai Garden Glow which features many art installations and other attractions.
Fitness options include Gold’s Gym, Target Gym, Smart Fitness Gym and The Warehouse Gym. These are all well-equipped and well-known gyms that lie close to Sheikh Zayed Road.
For both men and women, several salons are located within the premises, including Nikkis Beauty Salon, Juan Salon and Black and White Salon.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Sheikh Zayed Road is perfect for those who want to live in a bustling area. It is well-connected by public transport and offers luxurious properties. One thing to consider is that the rent for these properties tends to be on the higher side and traffic will be an issue in the peak rush hour times.
- Dubai International Airport is at a 15-minute drive away from Sheikh Zayed Road
- The much-visited Downtown Dubai district is hardly 12 minutes away
- The emirate of Abu Dhabi is at distance of 1 hour and 26 minutes
- Red Line of the Dubai Metro runs parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road