How to beat Dubai traffic chaos on New Year’s Eve


By Staff

Hundreds of thousands were stranded in traffic last year due to half a million people descending on Downtown Dubai.

If you were among the hundreds of thousands who celebrated last year’s New Year Eve stranded in Dubai traffic thanks to the half a million people that Emaar reckons descended on Downtown Dubai to usher in the New Year, here’s some good news for you.

This year, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled a master plan for the management of traffic and public transport means spanning the Dubai Metro (Burj Khalifa Station, Financial Center Station, Business Bay Station), public buses, and taxis during the New Year’s celebrations at Burj Khalifa area in order to streamline the traffic flow and ease the mobility of visitors to and from the event venue.

The plan entails making the Dubai Metro run round-the-clock on the day, and incudes the deployment of 63 buses and 4,000 taxicabs to transit up to 400,000 commuters to Burj Khalifa.

“The plan includes expanding the operational hours of the Dubai Metro into a non-stop service past the midnight of Sunday January 1 (24 hours) and increasing the service frequency to every 3 minutes in the stations from Al Rashidiya up to Ibn Battuta during the peak hours from after 12 midnight up to 5:30 in the morning,” Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, said in a statement. More info