Dubai announces New Year transport plans

Dubai Metro will operate around the clock, more buses will also be available for revellers
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By Andy Sambidge
Sat 22 Dec 2012 01:14 PM

Dubai's transport authority said on Saturday that the emirate's metro system will operate around the clock to accommodate revellers over the New Year period.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said metro trains would operate through the night on December 31 to January 1.

The red and green lines are expected to lift more than 132 thousand passengers during the New Year.

Ahmed Mohammed Al Hammadi, head of the team dealing with public transport systems, metro and taxis during the New Year, said trains would run every 2.5 minutes during peak hours and every eight minutes during off peak hours.

"Around 10,000 additional parking slots will be provided by using 2,000 parking slots from the parking lot of the Dubai World Trade Center, and 8,000 slots from Meydan Parking space," he added.

He said 40 feeder buses will be deployed at Dubai metro stations - 10 buses at Burj Khalifa station, 10 at the Financial Centre station, 10 at Business Bay station, six at World Trade Centre, and four at Meydan.

Buses will also be operating round-the-clock and are expected to lift 15,000 passengers in 370 trips.

Al Hammadi said taxis are expected to carry about 93,000 passengers on 53,000 trips during the period.

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