By Courtney Trenwith
Organisers of Dubai's NYE music festival say buses carrying nearly 17,000 revellers to Sandance will take less than 10mins each
Organisers of the Dubai music festival Sandance have refuted concerns that last minute transport changes will cause mayhem on New Year’s Eve.
The event was forced to announce last week that all revellers would have to catch a bus to the venue, next to Atlantis Hotel on the Corniche of the Palm Jumeirah, due to traffic restrictions for the NYE fireworks.
Arabian Business understands 75 buses will be used to carry nearly 17,000 partygoers between 5-9pm.
But a Sandance spokeswoman said the new arrangements could prove to be easier than previous events when partygoers have been stuck in long traffic queues along the Palm.
She promised the bus journey from American University in Dubai (AUD), next to Nakheel metro station in Media City, would take only eight to 10 minutes.
“The buses will not be the challenge at all on the night,” she told Arabian Business.
“We have enough buses to accommodate the amount of people coming. I don’t want to talk bus numbers ... [but] it’s ample buses to get people to the venue.”
The spokeswoman denied Sandance organisers knew there would be traffic restrictions when tickets went on sale.
She said the new arrangements were announced as soon as they were finalised early last week.
“Naturally we were having talks about that but before we went to announce it to the public we were testing different routes to make sure we had the most suitable route for consumers,” she said.
“I understand the timing of the [new travel arrangements announcement], but in terms of getting on a bus, it’s a very, very easy procedure. It’s actually easier [than driving or taking a taxi].
“That’s something we really want to relate to people.
“I’m sure quite a few people were unhappy with changes but this really might be for the better and I hope people start to focus on the event rather than the logistics.”
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.
Roads will be closed between 9pm on December 31 and 1am on January 1, and no one will be able to arrive at or leave Sandance.
Palm residents also will not be able to access the event except at ADU, where all security and ticketing procedures will be carried out.
“Everyone has to get on the bus for safety and security; we can’t have two checkpoints, especially with the amount of people going,” the spokeswoman said.
Half of the university car park will be used for Sandance security and ticketing procedures, while the other half will be available for drivers.
Organisers are urging revellers to travel by metro to Nakheel station.
wow cool! so getting there would be a breeze thanks to the 75 buses. And then the new year comes in and the party is over. Ok now how do we get back Mr. Sandance and Ms. Nakheel? Yup...just as i thought. You geniuses expect the whole lot of us to shell out for taxi cabs to wherever we stay right? tsk tsk.....Hooray Expo 2020! There's so much more to do!
How would you be getting home anyway??!! You'd have to get taxi's like any normal Sandance. At least you're saving on a taxi fare up to the venue!
on the facebook page Sandance said that the buses back that they usually organise will be running, so not only are they bussing us out as usual, they are bussing us in!
must be cause they love us!
There is absolutely no reason not to have a check in and pick up point on the Palm. Probably best to do it at the central parking where the aborted Trump tower should have been. Otherwise just walk. As a minimum Nakeel or 2020 should lay on a shuttle bus from/to AUD around the Palm trunk as there are no buses or Metro and they stole the monorail.
joke! more like the biggest challenge ever.
My bus never even made the PALM and some people never even got a bus, do the decent thing and give our money back!!!
After what's happened, I just can't stop laughing!!