Welcome to the fast lane of the UAE, where world-class motorways meet stunning desert views.

As an expat, navigating these highways might seem daunting, especially since the UAE’s Travel Authorities are very strict, but don’t worry – this guide is your co-driver.

We’ll decode the rules of the road, provide key insights about UAE’s main motorways, and remind you that safe driving is the best journey there is.

Now get ready to pay careful attention to this guide to avoid fines!

How Long Are The Motorways In The UAE

There are nine major motorways in the UAE, and they are:

  • E11 (558 km long)
  • Sheikh Zayed Road
  • E311 Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Road (140 km long)
  • E611 Emirates Road (110 km long)
  • E44 Al Khalil Road (118 km long)
  • E66 Dubai Al Ain Road (127 km long)
  • E84 Sheikh Khalifa Highway (40 km long)
  • E95 Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road

In total, the highways in the UAE are 1093 km long

Speed Limits On The Motorways Of UAE

The speed limits for motorways in the UAE range from about 100-120 km/h

Roads on the rural side have a speed limit of 100 km/h, while urban dual carriage roads have a limit of 60 to 80 km/h.

All other emirates except Abu Dhabi have a speed limit buffer of 20 km/h. Hence you won’t be fined if you are driving 120 km/h or less anywhere in the UAE except for Abu Dhabi. 

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Rules Of Driving On Motorways 

Cars in the UAE are left-hand drive, and you are supposed to drive on the right side of the road.

Therefore, it is vital to practice this method if you are an expat in whose home country the rules are different like if you’re from the UK.

Moreover, kids between the age of 6 to 8 need to sit in a booster seat. 

The UAE follows a rigorous black point system in which specific black points are put on your license for every traffic violation.

If your license has accumulated 24 black points in a calendar year, then the Road and Transport Authority will seize your license for a period of three months minimum.

The second time you accumulate 24 points in a year, it will be your second violation, and your license will be seized for half a year.

Moreover, if it happens for the third time, your third violation will make you lose your license for a year, and it will only be given back if you successfully pass the tests prescribed to you by relevant authorities. 

The Main Motorways In The UAE


E11 is the major highway in the UAE. It connects all the emirates together except Fujairah. It starts in Abu Dhabi and ends in Ras Al Khaimah. 

Sheikh Zayed Road

This is the name given to the E11 highway running through Dubai, and it is also the city’s busiest road, with many famous places situated alongside it. There are three Salik toll gates on this road. 

E311 Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Road

This highway connects Dubai to the rest of the emirates. It starts from Al Shamkha in Dubai and travels to the outskirts of the city, from Mirdif to Arabian Ranches, where it enters Sharjah.

This road goes to Ajman, Umm Al Quwain from Sharjah, and ends in Ras Al Khaimah. 

E611 Emirates Road

This road is situated alongside E11 and E311 in Dubai and runs alongside them but on a slightly different part, as it bypasses downtown Dubai and goes to each emirate as well.

Thus, if you want a toll-free and less rushy highway, then this is the road for you. 

E44 Al Khalil Road

Al Khalil road is a significant road in the UAE as it connects UAE to Oman. Moreover, it is the road used to go to Hatta from Dubai.

Hatta has many fun activities, such as glamping, which are widely popular among tourists in Dubai. Hence, this road is usually bustling. 

This highway begins from Dubai Sports City and Jumeirah Center and runs along the Ras Al Khor Industrial Area and Dubai International City Developments.

This road crosses or intersects with many major highways, including E311, E11, and E66. 

E66 Dubai Al Ain Road

Al Ain is another fundamental emirate of the UAE. Hence, linking Al Ain with Dubai is this road which is called E66. However, this road has an alternate name: Tahnoun Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan Road. 

Since this road links Dubai and Al Ain, it begins at the Wafi Mall on the E11. Another interesting thing to note is that this road runs perpendicular to other highways like E611, E311, and E44.

This road ends in the Al Ain area close to Al Hili. Moreover, a top-rated bus service runs on this route as well. 

E84 Sheikh Khalifa Highway

This road was opened to the public in 2011, and it links Dubai to the Emirate of Fujairah and has many scenic views alongside it. Fujairah is a popular destination for tourists since it has many activities and is quite a fun place to be. Hence, this road is hectic and is used by people going for a weekend getaway. 

Like E66, a bus service runs on this track from Dubai to Fujairah. 

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E95 Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road

This road is not much talked about, but we argued that it might be the most important one of the batch. Since this road connects the UAE to other countries and circles the country. The E95 runs alongside the UAE-Oman border. 

The starting point of this road is in Al Ain, and it runs all the way to the UAE-i Arabia border and links the two countries. At this junction, it joins with the E90. Moreover, this road plays a vital role in connecting the rest of the UAE with the main cities, as it is the only major road on the east side of the country to connect villages to cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. 


We’ve cruised through the high-speed lanes of the UAE’s highways, marvelling at their excellent construction and meticulous patrolling by the Road and Transport Authority of the UAE.

As an expat, you’ll definitely enjoy using these motorways as you cruise across the UAE and enjoy it’s local marvels.

Remember, speed thrills but also kills – following the rules ensures safety for everyone.

Here’s to exploring the 1,100 kilometers of UAE’s motorways with confidence, care and without fines.

We hope that this article is helpful for those expats who travel a lot in the UAE! Do let us know if we missed anything!