How to get around on New Year's Eve in Dubai
What stations and roads are closed off on the big day
It's New Years Eve in two days time...exciting right? Well, the good news is you're in Dubai – one of the best places to celebrate NYE in the whole world. The bad news is that thousands of people had the same idea and have headed to the Emirate too. Which means getting anywhere in Dubai on Thursday evening is going to erm...take a bit of time (The RTA are expecting around 900,000 people on the Metro, alone).
But worry not, forget the woes of yesteryear (stuck on the Palm for three hours, anyone?), the RTA has promised they have the final night of 2015 totally under control. Here's what's happening on the roads and tracks around town:
*The Burj Khalifa Metro Station will be closed from 10pm on Thursday 31st December
*The public will be directed to the Financial Centre and the Business Bay stations where extra directional signage will be in place
*Dedicated lanes will be provided for buses and taxis
*Motorists to avoid using the Financial Centre Street and the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard after 8pm on Thursday 31 Dec, these streets will be reserved for traffic exiting the place and emergency cases only
*Al Asayel Street stretching from Oud Metha to Burj Khalifa will be closed and reserved for RTA buses offering free shuttles to the public from Al Wasl Parking yard to the pick-up & drop-off point at Al Abraj Street at Burj Khalifa
*5000 additional parking slots will be in place to support the currently existing 17,000 parking slots within the events area.
*These additional parking spaces include 1500 parking slots at the Trade Centre, 2000 parking slots at Al Wasl Club, 500 parking slots at Al Jafliya (Parking yard of Residency & Foreigners Affairs Department), and 1000 parking slots at Zabeel Park.
*170 buses will be in service to take people from these sites to the Burj Khalifa
*There will be a designated crossing point for the public at the Sheikh Zayed road near Burj Khalifa Metro Station; which will be under the control of the Dubai Police
*A hugely increased number of taxis will be in service
*Light signals control rooms will be monitored around-the-clock to ensure smooth traffic movement