The southbound Red Line metro leaves the Nakheel Station in Dubai, June 12, 2011. Jeff Topping / The National
The southbound Red Line metro leaves the Nakheel Station in Dubai, June 12, 2011. Jeff Topping / The National

RTA sets out traffic plan for New Year’s holiday

DUBAI // Buses will be free on Tuesday and Wednesday for those joining the New Year's celebrations in the areas around Burj Khalifa, and to and from the Palm Jumeirah.

Emaar and Dubai World will bear all operational expenses of the buses. The Roads and Transport Authority expects 50,000 passengers to use the buses over the holiday, and the celebrations at Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa are likely to mean a 30 per cent increase in public transport users.

Taxis are expected to carry 120,400 passengers in 69,000 trips. The world record fireworks show at the Palm on Tuesday night is expected to draw 50,000 spectators. Taxis on the day are expected to take 5,200 passengers in 3,000 trips to and from The Palm.

The special events team at the RTA has prepared a traffic plan for New Year’s eve. The night is usually marked by intense traffic movement, particularly around Dubai Mall and the Palm Jumeirah.

There will be additional parking and direction signs, and 24-hour operation of the Metro from 5.30am on Tuesday.

The Dubai Metro will stop at only three stations – Business Bay, Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa and Financial Centre – from 4pm on Tuesday to 4pm on Wednesday. During that time, the RTA expects about 750,000 passengers on the Red Line and 360,000 passengers on the Green Line.

“We have a ready and approved plan for managing the traffic movement on New Year’s Eve and the team attending to this plan has benefited from previous years’ experience,” said Maitha bin Udai, the team leader and chief executive of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency.

The team has provided 13,500 additional parking spaces near the events area: 8,000 at Meydan, 2,500 at the World Trade Centre, 1,500 at the Residency & Foreigners Affairs Department at Jafiliya and 1,500 at Zaabeel Park.

Signs will show the way to alternative parking and direct traffic to the roads network at Business Bay to access Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road to ease the pressure on Financial Centre Road.

Fences in the central reservation of Sheikh Zayed Road at the Burj Khalifa and the Business Bay areas will deter pedestrian crossing and traffic disruption.

A shuttle service will take the public from the eastern side of Sheikh Zayed Road to the western side. Traffic signals on Financial Centre Road and Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will be controlled to ensure smooth traffic flow during peak hours.

Sixty additional buses will be deployed to transport Metro users, those in external parking areas and to alternative taxi ranks. Dedicated bus lanes will be applied to ease traffic. Buses will be in operation around the clock in sync with the Metro stations.

Dedicated lanes and parking have been set aside for taxis to access venues. Two main car parks have been allocated: the sandy area of Business Bay at the end of the tunnel extending from street No 312 which can accommodate up to 300 vehicles, and the sandy area alongside the Financial Centre Road, which has room for about 500 vehicles. Both the tunnel and the lane on this street will be restricted to taxis and buses to serve as an express lane from the Trade Centre to the Burj Khalifa. A temporary exit has been set up leading cabs directly from the parking area to Al Khail Road.

For those who plan to watch the fireworks show at The Palm, three checkpoints have been set up, restricting access to pass holders and authorised personnel only.

Entry to the Palm will be denied to all vehicles from 10pm on Tuesday, two hours before the start of fireworks.

Alternative parking areas have been designated outside the Palm and buses will shuttle guests and pass holders to the venue. The sites are the American University lot, which can hold about 600 vehicles, and the sandy area at Dubai Internet City, which has space for 1,300 vehicles.

An area along Al Sufouh Road has been designated for public parking to watch the fireworks. All traffic signals along Al Sufouh Road will be controlled to ease flow.

Forty feeder buses from the Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro station will shuttle people between the Burj Khalifa and the alternative car parks.

“The traffic light control room will monitor the traffic in the area and the team will direct it according to the requirements of handling the traffic movement and volume at intersections and streets adjacent to the Burj Khalifa,” said Ms bin Udai. “The operation team will be on site to coordinate with the Dubai Police and Emaar and carry out the required amendments.”

She urged everyone to take advantage of public transport during festivities.


"Whatever the initial intent, what took place at many of these gatherings and the
way in which they developed was not in line with Covid guidance at the time.

"Many of these events should not have been allowed to happen. It is also the case that some of the
more junior civil servants believed that their involvement in some of these events was permitted given the attendance of senior leaders. 

"The senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, must bear responsibility for this culture. 

"I found that some staff had witnessed or been subjected to behaviours at work which they had felt concerned about but at times felt unable to raise properly.

"I was made aware of multiple examples of a lack of respect and poor treatment of security and cleaning staff. This was unacceptable." 

Quick pearls of wisdom

Focus on gratitude: And do so deeply, he says. “Think of one to three things a day that you’re grateful for. It needs to be specific, too, don’t just say ‘air.’ Really think about it. If you’re grateful for, say, what your parents have done for you, that will motivate you to do more for the world.”

Know how to fight: Shetty married his wife, Radhi, three years ago (he met her in a meditation class before he went off and became a monk). He says they’ve had to learn to respect each other’s “fighting styles” – he’s a talk it-out-immediately person, while she needs space to think. “When you’re having an argument, remember, it’s not you against each other. It’s both of you against the problem. When you win, they lose. If you’re on a team you have to win together.” 

A German university was a good fit for the family budget

Annual fees for the Technical University of Munich - £600

Shared rental accommodation per month depending on the location ranges between  £200-600

The family had budgeted for food, books, travel, living expenses - £20,000 annually

Overall costs in Germany are lower than the family estimated 

As proof that the student has the ability to take care of expenses, international students must open a blocked account with about £8,640

Students are permitted to withdraw £720 per month


Friday (UAE kick-off times)

Levante v Real Mallorca (12am)

Leganes v Barcelona (4pm)

Real Betis v Valencia (7pm)

Granada v Atletico Madrid (9.30pm)


Real Madrid v Real Sociedad (12am)

Espanyol v Getafe (3pm)

Osasuna v Athletic Bilbao (5pm)

Eibar v Alaves (7pm)

Villarreal v Celta Vigo (9.30pm)


Real Valladolid v Sevilla (12am)



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Investors: Privately/self-funded

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if you go

The flights

Air Astana flies direct from Dubai to Almaty from Dh2,440 per person return, and to Astana (via Almaty) from Dh2,930 return, both including taxes.

The hotels

Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Almaty cost from Dh1,944 per night including taxes; and in Astana the new Ritz-Carlton Astana ( costs from Dh1,325; alternatively, the new St Regis Astana costs from Dh1,458 per night including taxes.

When to visit

March-May and September-November


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