The upgraded Mafraq-Ghuwaifat highway was officially inaugurated in Al Dhafra region on Wednesday in the presence of several dignitaries. The highway has been renamed Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road.
The road, which is the main route connecting the capital city to Al Dhafra region and Saudi Arabia, continued to remain open for vehicular traffic as the Dh5.3-billion upgrade was undertaken in phases.
The improvement works covered 246 kilometres of the 327-kilometre highway, and they were designed to ease common concerns like congestion and weather-related hazards for motorists.
Residents say the enhancement of the highway has made travel in Abu Dhabi emirate significantly easier.