New Year Eve master plan: How to get in - out and about in Dubai
With New Year’s eve and a three-day weekend around the corner the Roads and Transport Authority(RTA) has announced its public transportation master plan, involving metro, tram, bus, marine transportation services and taxis, in addition to parking options available in most crowded areas.
RTA is expecting 820,000 riders on New Year’s eve - the most crowded day on the emirate’s public transportation system - and an additional 490,000 riders the next day, according to Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency at RTA.
Earlier, RTA said a million riders are expected on Dubai Metro during the entire event. Last year, 748,377 riders were recorded using the Metro, of whom 60,815 riders were lifted from Burj Khalifa – Dubai Mall station, 618,473 commuters used taxis during that day, while 367,368 taxi passengers were recorded in the evening alone.
Nevertheless, advice to commuters on New Year’s eve is to make use of public transportation as roads will be equally crowded and parking spaces limited, especially in the Downtown area.
“A team has been formed to manage events comprising a bunch of highly experienced personnel in events held in Dubai; who are capable of coordinating with entities concerned with the running of events, and stand ready to take up required measures and precautions,” said Adel Shakri, Director of Public Transport Systems and Head of Events Management Team at RTA.