Riot police quell worker protest in Downtown Dubai

Hundreds of workers protest over bonuses, causing massive traffic delays near city's exclusive Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall

Twitter Photo: @sanamshantyaei
Twitter Photo: @sanamshantyaei

A dispute by labourers over payment of bonuses led to riot police on the streets of Downtown Dubai earlier this morning.

Dubai Media Office posted a tweet confirming that Dubai Police had “resolved the issue of Fountain Views workers gathered in Boulevard demanding bonuses” within an hour of the strike taking place, but not before it had resulted in massive traffic delays for commuters in the area, which is home to Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall.

In response to the hundreds of striking workers who had gathered on the Festival Road and Boulevard area of Downtown Dubai and had blocked traffic, Dubai Police deployed a large number of officers to the scene on Tuesday morning, many of whom were in riot gear.

Heavy traffic delays were reported by many drivers in the area, with motorists backed up on the roads in and around the Downtown area.

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