Dubai: RTA announces road closures for New Years’
Road diversion signs will be placed to alert drivers in areas like Business Bay, Downtown, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Zayed Road and others
The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced road closures and timings for public transportation during the New Years’ Eve celebrations in Dubai on Saturday.
Road closures that are planned include the areas around Burj Khalifa and its nearby metro station as well as the upper and lower decks of the Financial Centre Road, which will be closed from 8pm.
Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will also shut from 6pm to 8pm, depending on traffic congestion.
Road diversion signs will be placed to alert drivers in areas like Business Bay, Downtown, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Zayed Road and others, according to Timeout Dubai.
For metro services, both the Green Line and the Red Line, as well as the tram, will be running throughout the night.
RTA authorities have also announced bus services, stating: "Public Buses and Main Stations (such as Gold Souk), will start service from 04:25am up to 12:00 midnight on 1 January, 2017.
“Al Ghubaiba Station will start at 04:30am and continue up to 12:00 midnight. In subsidiary stations (such as Satwa), the service will be from 04:57 am up to 11:35 pm, except for Route C01; which will be operating around-the-clock.
“Al Qusais Station will open at 04:40am and continue service up to 12:00 midnight, and Al Quoz Industrial Station will start service at 05:00am and continue up to 11:30pm, whereas Jebel Ali Station will be on duty from 05:00am up to 12:00 midnight.”
Around Downtown, 17,000 parking spots will be made available as well as an extra 5,000 slots at Zabeel Park, Al Jafliya, Al Mankhool and Al Wasl Club.
All paid parking across Dubai will be free on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
A special pedestrian crossing will also be created on Sheikh Zayed Road near Burj Khalifa metro station to ease mobility during the night, especially around the Dubai Water Canal where the largest firework display will be held.