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