JEDDAH: On the occasion of Saudi National Day, UAE Vice President and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum has issued a directive to rename Al-Sufouh Street, one of Dubai’s most important streets, after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in recognition and appreciation of his role in supporting the causes of the Arab and Muslim world.
The street will now be known as King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud Street. “The gesture reflects the historically strong relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia and recognizes the Kingdom’s vision and role in enhancing solidarity between Arab nations,” said a statement on Sheikh Mohammed’s website.
Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum opened the renamed street at a ceremony on Wednesday.
The ceremony was also attended by Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum; UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash and Saudi Ambassador to the UAE Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Bishr.
King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud Street (previously Al-Sufouh Street) is one of Dubai’s most important thoroughfares where many landmark hotels, tourist attractions and business facilities are located, including Palm Jumeirah, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Jumeirah Al-Qasr Hotel, Madinat Arena, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and the JBR.
Some of Dubai’s most important economic zones, such as Dubai Media City, home to over 2,000 international and regional media companies, and Dubai Internet City, with 1,700 technology companies, are located on King Salman Street.
The street runs parallel to the waterfront stretching from Umm Suqeim Street in the north to Garn Al-Sabkha Street in the south. The street, which has three lanes in each direction, has a total capacity of 4,500 vehicles per hour in each direction.
The street has been designed according to the highest international standards and features an eco-friendly public transportation system “Dubai Tram.”
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