Traffic alert: New year traffic plan and road closure on 31st

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Staff Report

Dubai – Authorities concerned have put together a well-rehearsed traffic plan for the new year eve area, especially in Burj Khalifa District.
The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, in coordination with the Dubai Events Security Committee and Emaar, has finalised preparations for managing the traffic movement for the New Year’s event.

Road closure
The Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will be closed between 5pm to 8pm (once the parking area is full). Holders of bookings at the Boulevard area are required to come before 5pm.
The Financial Center Street and Al Sukuk Street will be closed at 8pm. Al Asayel Street will be closed (from Oud Metha Street to the Financial Centre Street) starting 4pm for the exclusive use of public transport and emergency vehicles.

Al Sa’ada Street will be closed as follows:
At 6pm: Closure of the intersection of Al Murooj Rotana leading to Burj Khalifa and the tunnel
At 8pm: Closure of Emirates Towers intersection

Metro riders may note that Burj Khalifa station will be closed at 10pm and two crossing points will be specified for pedestrians to properly cross the Sheikh Zayed Road near the Burj Khalifa station and the Business Bay station. The crossing will be conducted under the supervision of police officers and RTA’s operational team to ensure an orderly crossing of the Sheikh Zayed Road and fend off jaywalkers,” she added.

Public transport service
170 buses would be operated to lift visitors from the event venue to the outside, specifically to the metro stations to facilitate their exit. This bus service would be free of charge to commute the public on specified routes as follows:
90 buses on Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of the Financial Center to lift the public from Burj Khalifa Metro station to Al Jafiyia Station and Mankhool Prayer yard.
20 buses on Sheikh Zayed Road heading to Abu Dhabi to lift riders from Burj Khalifa Metro station to Noor Islamic Bank Metro Station.
35 buses to lift riders from the Financial Center Street to the parking lots of Al Wasl Club, Jafiliya and Deira City Center.
20 buses on Financial Center Street to lift riders to the parking of Al Jafiliya Station and Al Mankhool Prayer yard.
5 buses to lift riders nearby Dubai Water Canal to Noor Islamic Bank Metro station.

Additional parking slots and taxi services
Around 4,000 parking slots outside the event area will be provided to the public to use when moving from and to the site of the event through commuter buses in operation as follows:
1000 slots at Al Wasl Club parking
500 slots at General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at Al Jafiliya
1,500 slots at Al-Eid Prayer at Mankhool
1,000 slots at Water Canal

Taxis are expected to make about 18,000 trips during the event lifting about 38,500 passengers.

Metro and tram services
The Red Line will be operational from 5am, Green Line from 5.30am on Sunday, December 31, and continue running until 1am on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
-abdulbasit@theuaenews.com