New Year's Eve traffic restrictions for Downtown Dubai
Time Out Dubai has the latest information from the RTA about Dubai Metro times and traffic restrictions for New Year's Eve in Downtown Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
Full details of the traffic restrictions for New Year's Eve in Downtown Dubai have been released by the RTA.
In total there will be 14 road closures in and around the main hub as it braces itself for the busiest night of the year. Most notable closures are at Burj Khalifa Boulevard, Al Asayel Street (all the way to Oud Metha) and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard.
To help ease congestion, 170 buses will be laid on throughout, predominantly from the areas offering additional car parking spaces. These include World Trade Centre (1,500 spaces), Al Wasl Club (2,000 spaces), Al Jafliya (500) and Zabeel Park (1,000 spaces).
There will also be dedicated lanes for buses and taxis operating from 8pm.
On public transport, where the RTA expect around 900,000 people to use the service on Thursday and a further 480,000 on New Year's Day, Burj Khalifa Metro Station will be closed from 10pm. Those arriving after then will have to use Financial Centre or Business Bay stations.
Al Asayel Street stretching from Oud Metha to Burj Khalifa would be closed, as it would be reserved for RTA buses offering free shuttles to the public from Al Wasl Parking yard to the pick-up and drop-off point at Al Abraj Street at Burj Khalifa.
A crossing area will also be managed by the Dubai Police on Sheikh Zayed Road, near to Burj Khalifa Metro.