Let the Countdown begin. Ring in New Year 2016 Smoothly!
Many residents around town are, as usual, worried about heavy traffic on the evening of December 31, but the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has taken steps to ensure that there is no need for concern.
“RTA is fully prepared for managing the traffic during the eve of the New Year 2016. The plan includes [the] provision of extra parking slots and more feeder buses shuttling around the clock until 1am on Saturday, 2nd Jan 2016.
The three main spots for the New Year fireworks in Dubai this year will be Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Residence.
More than 1 million people are expected to attend the New Year celebrations at Burj Khalifa. With people beginning to turn up from the morning of December 31 and RTA’s Traffic team has put in place a plan to ease flow of traffic as well as pedestrians in order to avoid overcrowding, the Burj Khalifa metro station will shut down from 10.00 P.M on December 31 and commuters will have to option of either using the Business Bay station or Financial Centre station.
RTA will also close down several roads around Downtown Dubai to vehicular traffic, except for public buses.
Important & Dedicated Road Lanes
Al Asayel road, connecting Oud Metha road with Financial Centre street, will be closed to traffic throughout the day and will be dedicated for RTA’s shuttle buses.
Dedicated lanes will be provided for buses and taxis around Downtown Dubai to facilitate smooth operation of the shuttle service.
Financial Centre Street and the Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard will also be closed after 8pm December 31, while the streets will be open for traffic exiting the area and emergency cases.
There is also a comprehensive exit plan for the New Year’s Eve & has created ample room for vehicles to exit the place once the event is finished. Direction signs have been put in place to lead traffic to various exit points.
Police will close the streets adjacent to these venues.
By 4pm, Al Asayel Street will be closed to traffic and will be used as a path of public transport and VIPs.
Between 6 to 8pm, The Boulevard Street will be closed, depending on the overall situation of traffic.
From 6pm, Al Sa’ada road will be closed, as well as the road from Murooj Rotana leading to the Burj Khalifa area.
By 8pm, the Zabeel intersection in the same street will be closed down.
From 10pm, the roundabout leading to Emirates Towers from Al Sa’ada road will be closed.
From 10pm to 6am, the Burj Khalifa Metro station will be closed.
Police have also identified pedestrian paths for the public to the Burj Khalifa area from nearby metro stations, where there will be three tracks.
The first from the Burj Khalifa Metro Station, which will be 850 meters long, the second from the Financial Center Metro Station and is 1550 meters long, and the third from the Business Bay Metro Station, and is 1,500 meters long.
There are separate paths for families and people with bookings from the Burj Khalifa and the Business Bay metro stations, said the police chief, while there will be a paths bachelors from the DIFC and Business Bay metro stations.