Dubai: More than a million people are expected to turn up for the New Year celebration around Downtown Dubai and Dubai Water Canal on Saturday and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has chalked up a comprehensive traffic and transport plan to help ease public movement.
This year, the fireworks have been planned on a grander scale with pyrotechnics designed along the Dubai Water Canal all the way to the Dubai Creek Harbour, where The Tower is under construction. However, Burj Khalifa will remain the centre of attraction.
More than 22,000 parking spaces have been allotted for revellers. Downtown Dubai will accommodate 17,000 vehicles, while 5,000 slots have been allotted at Zabeel Park, Al Jafliya, Al Mankhool and Al Wasl Club.
Express buses will help shuttle people between the parking areas and Downtown Dubai. Taxis will also be available at all the parking locations.
However, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has urged motorists to arrive in the area early in order to beat the rush, the road closures and diversions.
Maitha Mohammad Bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency at RTA, said that the best possible steps have been taken to ensure smooth flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
“The plan covers Burj Khalifa district where massive numbers of signboards are being installed to direct traffic from and to the area. To ensure smooth traffic flow, traffic lights on Financial Centre Road and Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard will be recalibrated,” said Bin Adai, who is leading the operations team for the event.
RTA has planned closure of several roads leading to Burj Khalifa, which has been the centre of Dubai’s New Year celebrations since its opening in 2010.