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Over 1 million people expected to visit Downtown Dubai over Eid weekend



Dubai is gearing up for celebrations over Eid Al Adha, and that means preparing for A LOT of visitors. According to Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the number of visitors to Downtown Dubai over the holiday is expected to reach 350,000 per day.

There’s a plan in place to make sure that traffic and public transport is managed properly over this busy period.

As well as additional direction signals to guide traffic, there will be additional bus and taxi points at Dubai Mall. During peak hours, the number of taxis will be increased by five percent.

Those driving should take note that there will be temporary areas of closure around the Burj Khalifa.

Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, Chairperson of the Traffic Management and Handling of Operational Plans during Annual Events Team, said, “The RTA has prepared operational plans to manage the traffic during Eid Al Adha holiday, a frequently congested period during this time each year.”

“The plan covers Burj Khalifa district, where 30 directional signs will be installed to guide traffic and road users in several directions, be it from Oud Metha Street via Al Asayel Street, Zabeel Bridges via Happiness Street, or through the internal roads of the Business Bay to Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road. The objective of the plan is to ease the pressure on the Financial Centre Street and ensure smooth traffic flow during peak hours. The traffic signals of the Financial Centre Street and Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard will be monitored and controlled to ensure seamless flow of traffic during peak times,” explained Metha.

“Buses and Taxi pick-up and drop-off points at the Mall will be increased, furthermore the number of Taxi will be raised up by 5 percent during peak hours compared to last year, to ensure the deployment of an additional number of cabbies.”

Enjoy the long weekend!

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