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Sandance revellers facing big restrictions on Palm Jumeirah

Partygoers forced to take shuttle buses, will not be able to arrive or leave between 9pm and 1am

Sandance revellers facing big restrictions on Palm Jumeirah
About 10,000 people who have bought tickets to Sandance.

Dubai revellers attending the Sandance music festival on New Year’s Eve will only be able to travel to the venue on a shuttle bus and will not be allowed to leave until after 1am.

The unprecedented restrictions have been forced on the event because Dubai is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for "the world’s largest fireworks display” across the Palm Jumeirah and The World islands.

The six minute display is expected to cover 100km of seafront and feature 400,000 fireworks.

But it has received a lacklustre response online, with few people visiting the official website or discussing the event on social media.

Fewer than 1500 people had visited the www.dubaiworldrecord2014.com website as of Monday, with only eight days to go until the fanfare.

Only four people had talked about the world record attempt on Twitter using the official hashtag, #DubaiWorldRecord.

However, the Facebook page is receiving a lot more attention, with about 23,000 followers and 1600 people “talking about” it (posting on or referring to the page).

The record attempt also means 10,000 people who have bought tickets to Sandance, held at the Atlantis Hotel between 3pm and 3am, will be forced to arrive at the event by 9pm.

Between 5-9pm, ticket-holders will only be able to travel to the event on a shuttle bus departing from the American University in Dubai, in Dubai Media City.

The Palm will be closed to traffic between 9pm and 1am.

The restrictions also will affect other events taking place on the Palm, as well as residents intending to host parties.

Several thousand people live on the man-made island, while thousands more have booked hotel rooms for a chance to view the fireworks display.

Anyone entering the Palm from 8am on NYE will require a special pass, and no deliveries will be permitted after 5pm.

Residents have been told that they will be given passes for four people and one vehicle per household.

All guests will need to pre-register. The restrictions will be lifted at 6am on New Year’s Day.

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Anon 6 years ago

A complete joke! 10,000 people all having to be accommodated on a shuttle bus from 1 location... haha! Funny!

Sandancer 6 years ago

Poor old Nakheel getting bashed again.

Not that you would know it from your headline but at least Atlantis have done something positive in a bad situation.

For anyone who does not know, there is a lot of space at the University for buses and there will be tons of space at Sandance car park due to the lack of people driving to the venue.

Getting on a bus that has VIP access to Sandance sounds like a winner to me as long as there are enough person and a smooth ticketing operation off site.

Not being able to get a bus before 1am is not great - but given that the majority of people will want to see in the New Year, it is hardly the worst situation.

Any chance you could put some positivity into your reporting once in a while?


Barry White 6 years ago

Can you please name the resident that gave you that North Korea quote?


Did not think so.

Colin Occupants 6 years ago

Not much positivity if you live on the Palm and you have a ticket for Sandance, you have to leave the Palm to get a bus to take you to the Palm, then same again on the way home.

None 6 years ago

Another low in journalism.

Abdul Rahman 6 years ago

How can i register for a pass? help would be highly appreciated !

Philip 6 years ago

Some people are so alone and lonely that they are prepared to go to extremes to celebrate any occasion, so sad and pathetic!

Ian 6 years ago

There have been trashier attempts at world records but why does Dubai persist in this need to be the biggest, longest, tallest, fattest whatever? It really doesn't need to chase after more gimmicks that don't exactly enhance its image. Some 20 years ago there was a competition to find the biggest cockroach. Thousands of people send in dead insect, each of which was measured and a winner announced. I can't remember what the prize was.

Salem 6 years ago

your biased reporting on the story is appalling. Have you even sat and considered to contact the organizers of the event and question the right timings.
and who cares if people leave at 1 am - have you have seen people go home on time on new years eve.
as for the passes, i have it on good authority that each household gets up to 5 or 6 car passes.
your reporting is as always incorrect just for you to get the story "out there first" ....
proud EMIRATI!

HHH 6 years ago

Dubai is trying to break a world record with The Palm's fireworks display (ok, another one), but I find that impressive and I can't wait to see it (live or pics). WHY DON'T WE SUPPORT THIS rather than attack and blame and criticize? It's only 12 HOURS, not even a day! Be supportive of the city that you live in, it has embraced you in so many ways.