Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency cum Chairperson of Traffic Management and Operational Plans for Annual Events Committee, said, “The RTA has charted out the operational plan for public transport means and services to meet the needs of the public and road users. The aim is to deliver best services enabling the use of public or private means in a safe and smooth environment for all during the usually hectic days of Eid Al Fitr.
“The Plan aims to steer the traffic from and to Burj Khalifa district in different directions, be it from Oud Metha Street through Al Asayel Street, or through Zabeel Bridges and Happiness Street. It also covers the use of local roads of the Business Bay to access Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road to ease the pressure on the Financial Centre Street. To ensure smooth traffic flow, the traffic signals on the Financial Centre Street and Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will be monitored and controlled to ensure maximum possible traffic flow during peak hours. Two areas have been designated as additional parking at Al Wasl Club, and Al Jafliya (nearby the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs) in case the parking slots of Dubai Mall are full. Shuttle buses will be deployed to commute riders from and to Dubai Mall and those areas.
Maitha revealed that the operational timing of the metro service during Eid Al-Fitr holidays s, starting from Friday 15 June as stated below. She noted that the service frequency timing (headway) would range from 3 to 8 minutes, depending on peak hours, and the Express Metro service would be operational as usual. As announced earlier this week, the metro and tram operational hours during the holidays s will be as follows:
Red line operations time: on Friday 15/6/2018 From 10:00 am to 02:00 am, on Saturday 16/06/2018 From 05:00 am to 02:00 am, and on Sunday 17/06/2018 From 05:00 am to 02:00 am
Green line operations time: on Friday 15/06/2018 From 10:00 am to 02:00 am, on Saturday 16/06/2018 From 05:30 am to 02:00 am, and on Sunday 17/06/2018 From 05:30 am to 02:00 am.
Tram operations time: on Friday 15/06/2018 From 09:00 am to 01:00 am, on Saturday 16/06/2018 From 06:00 am to 01:00 am, and on Sunday 17/06/2018 From 06:00 am to 01:00 am
“A team of high-class team of engineers and technical inspectors will be ready to fix and deal with any emergency at site during the Eid holidays in collaboration with Dubai Police and Emaar to ensure the implementation of the operational plans and required closures. The RTA wishes all a great holidays free from crashes,” concluded Maitha.
Brigadier Abdullah Al Ghaithi, Director of the General Department of Organizations Protective Security and Emergency cum Chairman of Events Security Committee, said, “The Events Security Committee has completed preparations for Eid Al-Fitr holidays . The Committee, which comprises several representatives of the concerned entities, has held a series of coordinative meetings to develop a joint security plan covering respective fields to secure tourist areas, malls and traffic during Eid celebrations.
“The Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police has endorsed the security plan and praised the tireless efforts of the Security Committee. Emphasis was placed on all streets as well as internal & external routes, especially arterial roads from and to the Airport, tourist areas and shopping centres. Traffic patrols will be intensively deployed to ease congestion and fend off any traffic issues that may arise due to the high traffic volumes anticipated in those areas,” added Al Ghaithi.