Saudi Gazette – Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued a directive to rename Al Sufouh Street, one of Dubai’s major arteries, after Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Salman. This was in recognition and appreciation of the King’s role in supporting the causes of the Arab and Muslim world, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

This gesture, on the occasion of 86th Saudi National Day, 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.

Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum opened the renamed street in a ceremony on Wednesday. The function 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 Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the UAE Dr. Mohammed Bin Abdul Rahman Al Bishr.

King Salman 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 like 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 six lanes, has a total capacity of 4,500 vehicles per hour in each direction. It has been designed according to the highest international standards and features an eco-friendly public transportation system ‘Dubai Tram.’

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