Friday, July 26, 2013

New street signage in Abu Dhabi

New street signage is beginning to appear in Abu Dhabi, which I am guessing is inline with the announcement of a new addressing system for properties in the Emirate earlier this year. Each property will have an number and street address with a post code, much like the UK. At the moment, finding a property can be very difficult and landmarks are usually the main pointers. It would not be unusual to be told for example 'we are behind Najda Street (no street signs will ever show this name), next to Nissan showroom, Starbucks down, same building' . This way of giving directions and the fact that only main roads are referred to by a name (even then, not always the name on the sign - examples below), I think it's going to take some time for people to get used to a new system. But it will be a complete bonus for postal and courier services. 

There is a current zone/sector system of mapping out the city, but it is confusing and complex. If you are interested I have a pdf that explains it in full detail! Mail me and I'll send it to you

In Abu Dhabi, there is a confusing system of street names. There are names used commonly, sometimes more than one, and then there are the official map and street sign names. Below is a table to try and help...

North South Abu Dhabi roads

Common name
Map name
Airport Road2nd StreetSheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum St  
Old Airport Rd2nd StreetShaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoom St  
Lulu Rd4th StreetLulu RdAl Markaziyah 
Al Sharqi St4th StreetAl Sharqi StMadinat Zayed 
New Airport Rd4th StreetEast Rd / Muroor Rd / New Airport Rd South
East Road4th StreetEast Rd / Muroor Rd / New Airport Rd South
Muroor Road4th StreetEast Rd / Muroor Rd / New Airport Rd  
Al Dhafra Rd   Al Dafra St
Najda St6th StreetUmm Al Nar St  
Najda St6th StreetBani Yas Rd (Baniyas Rd)  
East Coast Rd8th StreetAl Salam St (now Sheikh Zayed Street)  
Eastern Ring Rd8th StreetAl Salam St  
New Corniche Rd8th StreetAl Salam StMadinat Zayed 
10th St10th StreetLiwa St  
 22nd StreetKhalid Bin Al Waleed St  
 24th StreetAl Karamah St  
 26th StreetKing Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Saeed St North
 26th StreetAl Nahyan / Nahayan St South
 28th StreetKhalifa Bin Shakbut / Shakhbout St  
Arabian Gulf Rd30th StreetAl Khaleej Al Arabi St  
Mussafah Rd30th StreetAl Khaleej Al Arabi St  
Coast Rd30th StreetAl Khaleej Al Arabi St  
 32nd StreetKhalidiyah St North
 32nd StreetSultan Bin Zayed St South
 34th StreetBaynunah St (Baynounah Rd) to Emirates Palace

East West Abu Dhabi roads

Common name
Map name
Corniche1st Street   
Khalifa St3rd StreetSheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed St  
Khalifa St3rd StreetAl Istiqalal St  
Hamdan St5th StreetSheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed St East
Hamdan St5th StreetAl Nasr St West
 5th StreetAl Khubairah StAl Khubeirah 
Electra St7th StreetSheikh Zayed the First St East
Zayed the First St7th StreetSheikh Zayed the First St West
Khalidiyah St7th StreetSheikh Zayed the First StKhalidiya only? 
Old Passport Rd9th StreetAl Falah St West
Passport Road9th StreetAl Falah St  
Jawazat Rd9th StreetAl Falah St East
Defense Rd11th StreetHazza Bin Zayed St  
 11th StreetAl Sudan St  
Al Bateen St11th StreetHazza Bin Zayed the First St?  


  1. At least they look nice albeit a bit small!