Dubai: Special traffic arrangements have been made for the holidays of Eid Al Adha across several busy areas of Dubai, particularly Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.
RTA has also worked out a comprehensive plan for mass transit in Dubai for Eid Al Adha holidays.
The plan is focused on Burj Khalifa district, where 55 directional signs will be installed to guide the traffic in several directions from and to Burj Khalifa district.
The plan covers Oud Metha Road, Al Asayel Road, bridges of Zabeel across Al Sa’ada Road, as well as the internal roads network at the Business Bay district up to the Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road.
“The idea is to ease the pressure on the Financial Center Road, which sees congestion during holidays. The traffic signs will be monitored to ensure the smooth traffic flow during peak hours; the traffic signals on the Financial Center Road will be monitored and controlled at the Financial Center Road to achieve optimal traffic flow,” said Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, who is also the head the team managing traffic movement on Eid.
Anticipating increased flow of traffic on the Financial Center Road, RTA has set up alternative entry and exit points to Downtown Dubai.
Alternative parking spaces have also been set up at Zabeel Park parking lot near Al Jafiliya metro station. Once the parking area of Dubai is full, visitors will be directed to Zabeel Park. A shuttle bus service will be available to transport people from Zabeel Park to Dubai Mall.
She said an emergency team of engineers and inspectors will available round the clock for all kind of assistance and road works.
As many as 10 shuttle buses will be used to transport people between Dubai Mall and Al Jaffiliya Metro Station, said Adel Shakeri, Director of Planning and Business Development at RTA’s Public Transport Agency, who is also in charge of transport arrangements for Eid.
“10 standard buses will commute to the public from and to Dubai Mall and Al Jafiliya Metro Station. Buses will operate from 8 pm to 12 midnight during the first three days of Eid al-Adha,” he said.
Shakeri urged the public to use the smart app “Sharekni” to share vehicles in traveling around the city in a bid to slash the number of vehicles on Dubai roads and reduce tailbacks at areas where Eid celebrations take place.
“We have coordinated with the taxi franchise companies to ensure the operational efficiency of taxis such that the number of taxicabs operated during Eid al-Adha holiday is not less than 95 per cent of the taxi fleet,” said Shakeri.
Around 9,341 taxis operate in Dubai, and Shakeri said, RTA is trying to ensure taxis distributed in equal measure to all busy Dubai districts, particularly around tourist hotspots, malls and festive locations.
“All limo companies will be allowed to lift riders during Eid days from malls witnessing high density visitors, such as the most prominent tourist destination the Dubai Mall. The Booking and Distribution Centre will be ready to offer 24-hour service for clients by receiving booking requests, deploying Hala Taxi cabs,” added Shakri.
Taxis in Dubai can be reserved through Booking and Dispatch Centre by calling 04-2080808