About the Street Names

About the Street Names

How have names been chosen for particular streets?

The Higher Naming Committee established by the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi approved names of main streets utilizing the region’s rich culture and heritage. 

The newly named major streets include Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street, Fatima Bint Mubarak Street, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Street, Khalifa Bin Zayed First Street, Sultan Bin Zayed First Street, Shakhbout Bin Sultan Street, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, Salama Bint Butti Street, Al Bateen Street, Al Dhafra Street, Dhafeer Street, Dihan Street, Mawgab Street and Rabdan Street.Street name spellings to be reviewed and corrected where needed – in table below too.

The names assigned to these 14 major streets reiterate the UAE’s desire to commemorate our prominent leaders for their vision, leadership and contribution in building the UAE society. The geographic names have also been carefully selected to reflect the history of the land and preserve the capital’s culture and identity.

Old street names New street names
Khalifa Street Khalifa Bin Zayed The First St
Fourth Street (Muroor, East Road) Sultan Bin Zayed The First St
Sixth Street (Najda, Baniyas) Fatima Bint Mubarak St
Al Salam Street Shk. Zayed Bin Sultan St
Al Saada Street Shakhbout Bin Sultan St
Twenty First Street Dihan St
Twenty Third Street Salama Bint Butti St
Twenty Fifth Street Al Dhafra St
Twenty Sixth Street Mubarak Bin Mohammed St
Twenty Seventh Street Mawgab St
Twenty Ninth Street Rabdan St
Thirty First Street Dhafeer St
Thirty Second Street Al Bateen St
No old name Shk. Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway

Definition and assigning street names is the responsibility of Department of Municipal Affairs with approval by higher authorities.

What are the criteria for selecting names?

Naming and renaming various streets across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi are based on 19 naming criteria as per the directive of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and the Department of Municipal Affair’s policy framework and standards.

 These include:

  1. Rulers of the Country
  2. Sheikhs
  3. Famous UAE nationals
  4. Sahabahs and followers
  5. Major Cities of the UAE
  6. Cultural Heritage, Historical & National Events and Occasions
  7. Famous Arabic & Islamic World Figures
  8. Arabic & Islamic Capitals and Cities
  9. Emirati Places
  10. Maritime Environment
  11. Built Environment
  12. Natural Environment
  13. Social Environment
  14. Food
  15. Flora & Fauna
  16. Commodities
  17. Other Foreign Places
  18. Human Anatomy
  19. Other International Figures
Names – in Arabic and English?

Think about your own name and how it reflects your roots and heritage – so is the case for address names. All names for districts and streets are given in Arabic, reflecting the rich history and legacy of Abu Dhabi, UAE and the region. As Abu Dhabi is a multicultural city with people from all over the world, the pronunciations of the Arabic names are also provided in Latin / English letters. This process is called transliteration. When giving names, among many criteria, ensuring a common way of pronouncing names has been important. This will help avoid misunderstandings when people are referring to a given street or district.

Is it possible to get involved in the process of naming streets?

It is possible to get involved in the Al Multaqa’s (or community meetings) that take place around select districts. The names are pre-selected, and the views of local representatives taken into account for names which cause serious concern only. There will very soon be a way that you can voice any concerns through the Onwani website too.

Why exactly are Abu Dhabi’s streets being renamed?

 This process is part of Onwani, an initiative that makes it much easier to navigate to any location in the emirate, so you can find your way faster, simpler and more hassle-free than ever before. Among many other advantages, every major street will now have a unique name while every building will have a unique number, preventing confusion.

Are route numbers only being conducted in Abu Dhabi City?

Yes, this is exclusive to Abu Dhabi Island to assist with the way finidng.

How many new street signs will be installed in the capital?

Over the course of 2015 we will install about 17,000 new street signs, in addition to 66,000 new building number plates. These plates have QR codes that can be scanned via smart devices to pinpoint your exact whereabouts, know the nearest points of interest, historical background and nearby events.