The Federal Highway is one of the busiest roads in the Klang Valley which connects the city center of Kuala Lumpur with suburbs like Petaling Jaya, Subang, Shah Alam and out into Klang. It is one of the oldest highways here and is used daily by thousands of vehicles every hour commuting between the towns and cities.
Along the Federal Highway is Kota Darul Ehsan which has become an iconic structure as it underlines the border between Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. It is naturally an arch that hovers over the highway along the University Hospital and EPF Building area which is passed through by vehicles on both ends.
The arch was built with an intention to commemorate the cession of Kuala Lumpur from Selangor which it was originally a part of. Kuala Lumpur was to become a Federal Territory which by virtue of being the capital of Malaysia. The building of the arch was commissioned by the late Sultan of Selangor Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah on 1 February 1974 and was officiated 7 years later.
Using Moorish architecture, Kota Darul Ehsan has a similar motif as that is seen in the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station which was intended to symbolize the sacrifice of the state to the Federal Government of Malaysia. The arch is mainly made from marble where there are 4 cannons mounted at the base of the arch. The cannons there are over a century old which was taken from the Kuala Selangor fort which makes the arch a lot more significant.