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The Most Dangerous Roads to Drive On in Dubai

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Updated: 23 September 2017

Driving in Dubai can be quite dangerous, with the city having seen 76 fatalities in the first half of 2017 alone. This is still a massive improvement from numbers seen in the first half of last year, when 112 fatalities occurred. The Dubai Police’s Traffic Department is putting great effort into raising awareness about road accidents and increasing security, which has certainly helped reduce the number of fatalities between 2016 and 2017. However, there are still certain roads that are more dangerous than others, and visitors should be aware of these.

Sheikh Zayed Road

Perhaps Dubai’s most popular road, Sheikh Zayed Road takes the name of the United Arab Emirates’ first ruler, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This road connects the Emirates of Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi – taking visitors past splendid views of Dubai’s skyscrapers, including the Burj Khalifa. However, this also happens to be the second most dangerous road in Dubai in the year of 2017. The road has witnessed 8 deaths this year, an increase from the same period of time in 2016, when 5 fatalities were recorded.

Emirates Road

Emirates Road has outranked Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, which sproved itself to be the most dangerous road for drivers in 2016. Emirates Roads is responsible for 10 of the 76 road fatalities which took place in Dubai in the first half of 2017. The road takes drivers all the way from Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah at a potential speed of 120km – well, that is until October 15th, when the speed limit on the road will drop to 110km, hopefully helping reduce road accidents.

Al Khail Road

Al Khail Road has one of the most beautiful views of the Burj Khalifa during sunset, which naturally creates an easy distraction to drivers tempted to try to snap that perfect picture while at the wheel. However, the fantastic news is that the road hasn’t witnesses any fatalities during the first half of 2017. Yet, it still makes the list seeing that two deaths occurred in this road during the same time last year. Should the numbers continue the same, Al Khail Road may prove itself to be a safer place for drivers around the UAE.

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road

This proved itself to be the most dangerous road in Dubai during the first half of 2016. However, the road has seen considerable improvement in its numbers during the beginning of this year. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road saw 20 deaths during this period in 2016 – a shockingly high number. Fatalities have now dropped to seven, showing impressive improvement in only a year’s time and dropping its ranking to third in the list of dangerous roads. The road will also have its speed reduced to 110km in mid October this year.

Dubai-Al Ain Road

Dubai-Al Ain Road has seen a spike in its number of fatalities from 2016 to 2017. The road is the forth most dangerous for drivers in Dubai, with five deaths recorded in the first half of this year. This shows an increase compared to the previous year, where 3 fatalities were recorded in its first semester. The road connects Dubai and Al Ain, which is part of Abu Dhabi’s territory, and drivers should be mindful when taking this route.