The new ‘Dubai-Fujairah Highway has finally opened (3 December 2011), providing a much quicker and safer route between the two UAE cities than previously available.
Fujairah to Dubai
Officially named the Sheikh Khalifa Highway, the road cuts through the Hajar Mountains starting in the Al Hayl area of Fujairah and ending with a junction of the Sharjah-Kalba Road just East of Maleha.
The new highway gives an easier and much more direct path between Fujairah and the Western Emirates, and with three lanes each way and no large trucks allowed, promises a much improved journey through what was previously the most challenging part of the trip to the Eastern Region.
From Dubai to the New Highway
To get to the new roadway from Dubai, one can easily access it using emirates Road, or even more easily by the Dubai Outer Bypass Road if that is convenient.
From Emirates Road
Using Emirates Road, head into Sharjah and shortly after entering, get off at the National Paints roundabout, turning right to take the road toward Maleha. Go straight on the road, passing through the outer industrial areas of Sharjah, and eventually passing the Outer Bypass Road on the way out into the desert toward the Eastern Region.
From Outer Bypass Road
If starting on the Outer Bypass Road, take the exit for Kalba and the Eastern Region. You will immediately pass an ADNOC station on your right.
Maleha Road/Sharjah-Kalba Highway
The Maleha Road/Sharjah-Kalba Highway will take you on a fairly direct path through the picturesque desert, eventually passing through a stony ridge and into the lovely plain occupied by the town of Maleha. You will pass a new ADNOC station at Maleha and an overpass decorated with a large statue of a coffee pot.
Onto the Sheikh Khalifa Highway
About two kilometers after passing the Maleha overpass, you will approach the exit to Fujairah on the right, which then continues with an overpass heading north across the road to cut through the mountains.
Take the new road and enjoy the quick, safe and scenic drive through the Hajar Mountains.
Many thanks to Paul Castle for writing this article and providing the map (click on the map to enlarge).
Mick O’Reilly, Dubai to Fujairah in Only 40 Minutes (article and video), Gulf News, 5 December 2011.
Anna Zacharias, New Motorway Will Halve the Journey from Fujairah to Dubai, The National, 4 December 2011.
On the Construction Challenges of Making the Sheikh Khalifa (Dubai-Fujairah) Highway, Gerhard Hope, ‘Site Visit’, Construction Week Online, 29 October 2011.
For traditionalists wanting to take one of the old routes:
Directions from Dubai to Fujairah, FIF, 12 September 2008.
Image: Map of the new Dubai to Fujairah route which is also posted here on the Fujairah in Focus Facebook site if you cannot enlarge the photo on this site.