In Dubai, E 11 is known as "Sheikh Zayed Road. The highway runs parallel to the coastline from Trade Centre Roundabout to the border with the emirate of Abu Dhabi, 55 kilometers (34 mi) away in the area of Jebel Ali.The road was formerly known as Defense Road. Between 1993 and 1998, 30 kilometers (19 mi) of the road was expanded. Along with this improvement came a change in the name. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai at the time, named the road after the president of the United Arab Emirates at the time, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.The Sheikh Zayed Road is home to most of Dubai's skyscrapers, including the Emirates Towers.