By Lubna Hamdan
Update: Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram will operate for almost 40 hours non-stop on Thursday and Friday to support revellers
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has taken action to limit traffic during New Year celebrations, WAM news reported.
According to Maitha bin Udai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, the plan entails 5,000 additional parking slots and 170 public buses - mostly in the area surrounding the Burj Khalifa – until 1am on January 2.
1500 of the additional parking slots will be located at the World Trade Centre, 2000 parking slots at Al Wasl Club, 500 parking slots at Al Jafliya, and 1000 parking slots at Zabeel Park.
Both the spaces and public buses will run on free service.
Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram will operate for almost 40 hours non-stop on Thursday and Friday to facilitate uninterrupted access for people travelling to celebrate the new year, the RTA said.
Red Line service timings will begin 5.30am on Thursday and running uninterrupted until 1am on Saturday while the Green Line will begin at 5.50am on Thursday and running uninterrupted until 1am on Saturday.
Dubai Tram will operate from 6.30am on Thursday and closing at 1am on Saturday.
The RTA will also dedicate a crossing point for the public at Sheikh Zayed road near the Burj Khalifa Metro Station, which will operate under the control of Dubai Police. The station will be closed from 10:00 pm onwards and the public will be re-directed to the Financial Centre and Business Bay stations.
While special lanes will be provided for buses and taxis, the authority urges drivers to avoid using the Financial Centre Street and the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard after 8:00 pm on New Year’s Eve as they will be devoted to traffic exiting the place and emergency cases only.
Al Asayel Street, stretching from Oud Metha to Burj Khalifa, will also be closed and dedicated only for public buses.
RTA has recommended the public to use public transportation, as opposed to private vehicles, during the celebrations.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.