Dubai officials have revealed a new plan to regulate traffic and maintain road safety and security during the Eid Al Adha holiday.
The plan has been put in place by the Events Security Committee at Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Police, official news agency WAM reported.
It will mainly look into easing congestion in areas such as malls, tourists destinations and Airport Street.
“Dubai Police road patrols will be intensified to ease the traffic movement and fend off any potential traffic issues that might crop up due to the intense vehicular traffic in those areas,” said Khalil Obaid Al Bishri, deputy head of the Events Security Committee.
Under the plan, traffic to and from the Burj Khalifa area will be directed in several directions, including Oud Metha via Al Asayel St, Zabeel Bridges via the Happiness St, and the internal roads of the Business Bay providing access to Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road.
Traffic signals on the Financial Center St. and Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will also be managed during peak times, officials confirmed.
“Two other parking lots at Al Wasl Club and Jafiliya will be ready to accommodate surplus vehicles in case the parking slots of Dubai Mall are full,” said Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency.
Buses will also be deployed to shuttle commuters between Dubai Mall and the alternative parking, added Maitha.
Metro and Tram Timings
Dubai Metro working hours during Eid Al Adha holiday will be as follows:
From Tuesday, August 21 to Thursday, August 23, the Red Line will operate from 5am to 2am (of the following day), and on Friday, August 24, from 10am to 2am (of the following day).
From Tuesday to Thursday, the Green Line will operate from 5.30am to 2am (of the following day), and on Friday, from 10am to 2am (of the following day).
The service frequency will range from three to eight minutes, depending on the peak time, and the Express Metro Service will be operational as usual, said Al Adai.
Meanwhile the Tram will operate from 6am to 1am (of the following day) from Tuesday to Thursday. On Friday, it will operate from 9am to 1am (of the following day).
“The procedures in place for the bus and taxi services ensure the deployment of the maximum possible number of vehicles at the pick-up and drop-off points of Dubai Mall,” said Al Adai.
“They also encompass the deployment of additional taxis during peak hours and at the alternative parking lots. Shuttle buses will be provided between the parking lots and Burj Khalifa. A total of 14 directional signs will be in place to guide the public to the alternative parking lots.
“Should the demand for taxis in Dubai Mall rise, buses will be deployed to lift riders from Dubai Mall to Deira City Center and Burjuman metro stations,” she added.
Public sector workers are off from Sunday, August 19 until Thursday, August 23, while private sector workers have been given leave from Monday, August 20 to Wednesday, August 22.