11,000 additional parking spaces, free shuttle bus services in and around Downtown Dubai.
Dubai will have 11,000 additional parking spaces, 130 round-the-clock free feeder buses deployed to carry passengers between from designated parking spaces to New Year events planned across the city on December 31st evening.
Of the new parking spaces, 8,000 will be at Meydan, 500 at Al Jafiliya (General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs), 1,000 at Zabeel Park and a parking yard in front of Al Wasl Sports Club to enable visitors park their vehicles.
The Traffic Management Team for Dealing with Operational Plans during Official Occasions and Annual Events at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has set up a comprehensive traffic plan to control the movement of vehicles and public transport during the New Year celebrations that are usually accompanied by massive traffic congestion, especially near the Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai.
“The team has taken all the necessary steps to facilitate the traffic movement near Burj Khalifa during the New Year celebrations,” said Maitha bint Udai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency said. She said separate bus and taxi lanes have been marked and motorists are urged not to use the two express lanes in both directions of Al Saada Street from the Dubai World Trade Centre to the Business Bay district, as both lanes will be dedicated for buses and taxis.
New roads like Al Asayel Street will be closed (from Oud Metha Street to the Business Bay district). It will be used solely for buses and taxis on the day of the event. ‘‘However, one lane will be dedicated for buses and taxis in the opposite direction from Business Bay to Oud Metha Street,” explained Maitha.
Dubai Metro will run non-stop during New Year’s Eve. The Burj Khalifa – Dubai Mall Metro Station will be closed from 10pm on Wednesday 31st December till 6am on Thursday (January 1). Riders may use the Business Bay and the Dubai Financial Centre stations, where shuttle buses will take passengers (free of charge) to the nearest station.
The RTA said public transport ridership is expected to hit 820,000 tomorrow and is expected to be around 490,000 on Thursday.
The pedestrian bridge near the Burj Khalifa on Shaikh Zayed Road will be closed at midnight on December 31st.
“The traffic signals of this area will be monitored round the clock to ensure streamlined traffic flow as per the requirements of the vehicular density at intersections and streets nearby the Business Bay area. Virtual signboards will direct motorists to use suitable alternative routes in coordination with the Dubai Police and Emaar Company in order to monitor the implementation of the plan and carry out any changes wherever needed,” Bint Udai said.
She urged the public to use the metro and public buses rather than private vehicles on New Year’s Eve as the RTA traffic management team has made elaborate plans for public transport and has deployed sufficient resources to accommodate the rising number of people taking part in the celebrations. She also called upon road users, including pedestrians, to comply with the traffic rules and instructions given by the security personnel.
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