Dubai’s RTA maps out plan for traffic movement during Eid

The number of taxicabs in the pick-up and drop-off area of Dubai Mall will be increased by 5 per cent

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed its plan for managing traffic movement and mass transit services during the upcoming Eid Al Fitr holiday.

The plan is geared towards ensuring the safe and smooth use of public and private transit means in the emirate, a statement said.

Matha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency and chairperson of the Traffic Management and Handling of Operational Plans during Annual Events Team, said: “The RTA has prepared operational plans for serving about 330,000 persons per day expected to be at the Business Bay (Dubai Mall) district during Eid Al-Fitr holiday, a frequently congested area during this time each year.”

As part of the plan, 30 directional signs will be installed to guide traffic in several directions to the Burj Khalifa area.

It will allow access to the district via Al Asayel Street, Zaabeel Bridges via Al Saadah Street, or through the internal roads of the Business Bay to the Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road.

“The objective of the plan is to ease the pressure on Financial Centre Street and ensure smooth traffic flow during peak hours. The light signals of Financial Centre Road and the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will be monitored and controlled to ensure seamless flow of traffic during peak times,” added bin Adai.

Meanwhile the number of taxicabs in the pick-up and drop-off area of Dubai Mall will be increased by 5 per cent, she said.

“A programme is currently underway for carrying out preventive maintenance and cleaning of Eid prayers and mosques as well as bridges and tunnels. The cleaning works will cover washing main underpasses, metal rails of bridges for removal of sand and solid deposit on pavements, footbridges and directional signs of main streets according to a preset programme.

“A team of engineers and technical inspectors from the Roads and Facilities Maintenance department, in cooperation with Traffic and Roads departments, will survey the areas around Eid Prayers to take corrective actions for any repairs or emergency works during the end of Ramadan,” she added.