Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (The Traffic Movement Management and Operational Plans Handling during Official & Annual Events Team) in coordination with Dubai Events Security Committee and Emaar, has finalised a plan for managing traffic for the New Year celebrations in Dubai on December 31, 2017, especially in Burj Khalifa district.
Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency cum of Head of Traffic Movement Management and Operational Plans Handling during Official & Annual Events Team, said: “All public transit means in Dubai will be monitored through the Enterprise Control & Command Centre (EC3) of the RTA. The EC3 will be in direct coordination with the Main Traffic Lights Control Centre and the Operation Rooms of Dubai Police and Emaar.
“The plan comprises five pillars oriented to ensure smooth traffic flow. The plan will be managed in full coordination with the police, Emaar and other stakeholders with the aim of making concerted efforts towards the success of the event,” said bin Adai.
Road closure and timings
Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will be closed between 5:00pm to 8:00pm (once the parking area is full). Holders of bookings at the Boulevard area are required to come before 5:00pm.
Financial Centre Street and Al Sukuk Street will be closed at 8:00pm. Al Asayel Street will be closed (from Oud Metha Street to Financial Centre Street) starting from 04:00pm for the exclusive use of public transport and emergency vehicles.
Al Sa’ada Street will be closed as follows:
- At 6:00pm: Closure of the intersection of Al Murooj Rotana leading to Burj Khalifa and the tunnel.
- 8:00pm: Closure of Emirates Towers intersection.
Metro riders to note that Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station will be closed at 10:00pm and two crossing points will be specified for pedestrians to properly cross Sheikh Zayed Road near Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall and Business Bay metro stations.
Public transport service
170 buses will carry visitors from the event venue to the outside, specifically to metro stations to facilitate their exit. This bus service will be free of charge on the following routes:
- 90 buses on Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of Financial Centre to lift the public from Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station to Al Jafiliya metro station and Mankhool prayer yard.
- 20 buses on Sheikh Zayed Road heading to Abu Dhabi to lift riders from Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station to Noor Islamic Bank metro station.
- 35 buses to lift riders from Financial Centre Street to the parking lots of Al Wasl Club, Al Jafiliya and Deira City Centre metro stations.
- 20 buses on Financial Centre Street to lift riders to the parking of Al Jafiliya metro station and Al Mankhool prayer yard.
- 5 buses to lift riders from Dubai Water Canal to Noor Islamic Bank metro station.
Parking slots and taxi services
Around 4,000 parking slots outside the event area will be provided to the public to use when moving from and to the site of the event through commuter buses in operation as follows:
The Red Line will be operational from 5:00am on Sunday, December 31, 2017, while the Green Line will be operational from 5:30am on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Both Red and Green Lines will continue running until 1:00am on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Directional signage and intelligent traffic systems
The RTA will provide 62 directional signage guiding to the alternative parking mentioned. Signs will also be installed on internal roads at Business Bay leading to Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road to ease the traffic pressure on Financial Centre Street. 67 directional signs will be installed to guide the public within Burj Khalifa district to ease the movement of pedestrians to and from the venue of the event.
Light signals on Financial Centre Street and Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will be monitored during various peak times in coordination with Emaar Control Room.
Pedestrian bridges on Dubai Water Canal will be closed, as well as associated lifts. The pedestrian walkway on Sheikh Zayed Road above Dubai Water Canal will also be closed.
The RTA, Dubai Police and Emaar will run a joint service for responding to inquiries about the details of the proposed plan via social media channels. The public can also make inquiries through the RTA’s toll free number (8009090).