Heading over to the Burj Khalifa during Eid? The RTA has some advice for you
Time Out Dubai Staff
The RTA has revealed its plans to manage people and traffic during Eid al-Fitr, as the city prepares itself for one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year.
Because of the increased tourism the holiday will bring, the RTA is planning ahead by installing initiatives to alleviate the expected pressure and has charted out a “comprehensive plan for managing traffic movement and mass transit services.” According to the RTA, the plan aims to meet the needs of the public and road users, and offer services that enable them safe and smooth use public or private means of transport in the emirate.
The main sites of congestion are thought to be the Business Bay and Dubai Mall areas surrounding the Burj Khalifa, which is traditionally one of the most visited locations in the city during the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Some 330,000 tourists and visitors are expected to visit The Dubai Mall each day of the weekend, and CEO of the RTA Eng. Maitha Bin Adai, says plans are afoot to manage the congestion.
“The plan encompasses the installation of 30 directional signs to guide the traffic in several directions to Burj Khalifa area,” she said. “It allows access to the District via Al Asayel Street, Zabeel Bridges via Al Saadah Street, or through the internal roads of the Business Bay to the Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road.
“The light signals of the Financial Centre Road and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard will be monitored and controlled to ensure seamless flow of traffic during peak times.”
In addition, the number of taxis available around the tourism hotspot and major shopping destination will be increased by five percent. For more information, visit www.rta.ae