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Dubai Police report trouble-free New Year's Eve

Police commander says no trouble or injuries reported despite two million people out celebrating in Dubai

Dubai Police report trouble-free New Year's Eve
People watch fireworks exploding in front of the Atlantis Hotel at The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Year's Eve celebrations were trouble-free with no traffic or security violations reported despite a gathering of more than two million people, Dubai Police confirmed on Thursday.

Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said the celebrations were a great success, with the participation of 40 entities overseeing proceedings.

"No incidents, security breaches or injuries were reported during the New Year celebrations, although more than two million people gathered across the emirate to participate in the celebrations," Al Marri said in comments published by state news agency WAM.

He said Dubai Police deployed 4,000 officers on duty as well as 2,000 patrol teams across the city to manage security and ensure the safety of everyone during the night.

He added that the police force also allocated 12,000 surveillance cameras to monitor venues and surrounding residential areas around the main celebration spots.