Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered Jebel Ali Lehbab Road to be renamed Expo Road.

The renaming comes ahead of Dubai Expo 2020, for the first time in the MENA and South-East Asia region, which will take place in Dubai from October 20 2020 to April 10 2021.

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said it has replaced all the 68 directional signs, including 18 large signboards.

Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the RTA, said: “Expo Road is a vital traffic corridor... It offers an alternative route for motorists heading to Jebel Ali Industrial Area and the surrounding areas."

Expo Road, which extends 15km, serves several hotspots such as Jebel Ali Industrial Area, Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, Dubai South and Dubai Investment Park and extends all the way to the site of Expo 2020.

He said the RTA has carried out several projects to improve traffic flow on Expo Road including widening lanes from four to six in each direction, and constructing four junctions at Emirates Road, Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Al Asayel Road. 

It has also constructed six bridges on service roads parallel to this corridor, in addition to a flyover of 24 bridges at the junction of Expo and Sheikh Zayed Roads.