Dubai Metro to run through the night on NYE

More than a million people expected to ride the trains on busiest night of the year

The Knowledge

The Dubai Metro will run for nearly 40 hours straight over the NYE period, on the busiest night in the Dubai calendar.

More than a million people are expected to ride the service on December 31, with an estimated 750,000 passengers on the Red Line, and another 360,000 on the Green Line. A further 50,000 are expected to journey on the city’s bus network.

To cope with the strain - and to keep the celebrations going well past bedtime - metro services will run uninterrupted all night, with trains starting at 5.30am as normal on Tuesday January 31 and then running right through until midnight on Wednesday January 1.

Last year on the Dubai Metro recorded its highest ever number of passengers on January 31 with 587,542 passengers, including more than 500,000 who disembarked at the Burj Khalifa-Dubai Mall, Business Bay and Financial Centre stops to get a view of the celebrated Burj Khalifa fireworks.

This year the demand for transport is expected to be even higher, with a record-breaking display planned on the Palm and the World Islands, as well as an unprecedented ten-act Burj Khalifa fireworks display.

Because of the record attempt there will be no access to the Palm Jumeirah for general traffic, meaning the 15,000-plus revellers expected to attend Sandance NYE need to travel by bus.

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