Dubai – While Dubai residents and visitors are eager to see the iconic Burj Khalifa fireworks and laser show on New Year’s Eve, authorities have already implemented a comprehensive plan to ensure public health and safety as well as free-flowing traffic in the downtown for the annual event. gala event.
Viewers must ensure that they carry the QR code issued after registering on the U By Emaar app. Access to downtown Dubai will be through five gates erected around the area and only those with a QR code will be able to access the observation points. QR codes are separated by colors: light blue for restaurants and restaurants; dark red for those who can go to the Dubai Opera; and black for public areas along Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.
Dubai Police and the Roads and Transportation Authority (RTA) have also drawn up a detailed traffic plan to ensure smooth traffic around the Burj Khalifa.
On December 31, Al Asayel Street will be closed at 4pm and will be open only for buses and emergency vehicles. Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd and the Financial Center Road lower bridge will also be closed starting at 4pm, while the Financial Center Road upper bridge will close at 9pm.
Mustaqbal Road will be gradually closed from the Business Bay and Dubai World Trade Center intersections starting at 18:00. and Al Sukuk Street will close at 20:00. The elevators for the Dubai Water Canal pedestrian bridges at Jumeirah, Al Safa and Business Bay will also be closed on Thursday.
The authorities advise motorists “to be more cautious in pedestrian areas and to plan to start the journey as soon as possible before the roads close to avoid overcrowding”. There are 16,700 parking spaces in the Emaar / Dubai Mall area, including the Zabeel parking extension.
The use of public transport is strongly recommended. The RTA has allocated 200 buses for transporting visitors free of charge from the event venue to the metro stations, as well as taxi stands in each of the parking lots of the Directorate General for Residence and Immigration Affairs (GDRAFA), Musallah Al Eid hall at Al Mankhool and Al Wasl Club.
Smart alerts on the screen
RTA will also use the changing smart displays to alert drivers when roads are closed, monitor traffic lights on Financial Center Road and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd. and control them to ensure smooth traffic flow during rush hour, in coordination with Emaar . operations room.
The RTA recommended subway users to take note that the Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall subway station will be closed from 5pm. Thursday (New Year) until 6:00 the next day (January 1st). During closing hours, travelers can use the Financial Center Subway Station or the Business Bay Subway Station.
The Dubai Metro Red Line will operate from 5:00 am on Thursday (31 December) to 1:00 am on Saturday (2 January). The green line will start its service at 5.30 on Thursday until 1 in the morning on Saturday.
Pedestrians or those wishing to go to the area on foot are advised to use the pedestrian crossing on Sheikh Zayed Road near the Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall metro station.
Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of RTA and Chairman of the Board of Directors, previously said: “The RTA Unified Control Center will put in place a comprehensive plan for the entire public transportation system, particularly around the Burj Khalifa. and Al Barsha’s Dubai Intelligent Traffic Systems Center. The center will improve the efficiency of traffic movements and rapid response to incidents. The RTA plan will focus on the public transport system and will implement precautionary measures such as maintaining social distances and wearing masks ”.