RTA provides additional parking spaces near New Year’s celebrations venue

DUBAI: The Traffic Management team for dealing with operational plans during official occasions and annual events at the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has set up a comprehensive traffic plan to control the movement of vehicles and public transport during the celebrations of the New Year.

Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, Head of the Traffic Management Team, said, “The team has taken all necessary measures to facilitate the traffic movement at Burj Khalifa area during the celebration of the New Year’s Day. The traffic plan includes the provision of an additional 11,000 parking spaces, in addition to feeder buses for metro stations, which will be running round-the-clock.” She noted that dedicated bus and taxi lanes have been earmarked and called upon motorists not use the two express lanes in both directions of Al Saada Street from Dubai World Trade Centre to the Business Bay District, as both lanes will be dedicated for buses and taxis only.

“The Dubai Metro will be providing non-stop service during the New Year’s Eve and the Burj Khalifa – Dubai Mall Metro Station will be closed from 10 p.m. on Wednesday 31st December up to 6 a.m. on Thursday 1st January, so riders can use the Business Bay and the Dubai Financial Centre stations as an option, where buses will be operating to take riders free of charge to the nearest station. During the events on 31st December, the public transport ridership is expected to hit 820,000 and on Thursday 1st January the ridership is likely to be around 490,000. The pedestrian bridge nearby Burj Khalifa on the Sheikh Zayed Road will be closed at 12.00 a.m.,” she added.

She called on the public to use the metro and public buses rather than private vehicles as much as possible, especially during special events in the Emirate of Dubai such as New Year’s Eve.