As part of preparations for the advent of Eid al-Adha 2016, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has chalked out a comprehensive plan for the management of traffic as well as mass transit modes & services during Eid al-Adha holiday.
The plan is intended to meet the needs of the public and road users as it avails them services that enable them to use public and private transit means in a safe and smooth manner.
Explaining the details Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA Traffic & Roads Agency, head of the team responsible for Traffic Management and Operational Plans during Annual Events, said, “The RTA has prepared operational plans necessary for serving riders during Eid al-Adha holiday which is usually a busy period.
The plan covers Burj Khalifa district where more than 55 directional signs had been installed to direct traffic from and to the district. Accordingly, traffic will flow along Oudh Metha Road through Al Asayel Road, Zabeel Bridges through Al Saada Road, internal roads of the Business Bay leading to Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road in order to ease the pressure on the Financial Center Road. To ensure a smooth traffic flow, the traffic signals on the Financial Center Road and Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will be monitored & controlled.
“Streamlined procedures will be in place for buses and taxis which will be deployed in abundance at the pick-up and drop-off points of Dubai Mall, and additional number of taxicabs will be deployed at the Mall during peak hours. The public will be lifted using 10 buses deployed on the route from Dubai Mall to Trade Center.
An agreement has been reached with franchise companies to raise the operational efficiency of taxicabs to 95%. In case of higher demand for taxicabs in Dubai Mall, a bus route will be activated to lift riders to Deira City Center Metro Station, Burjuman Station where more taxis will be available at those locations.
A bus parking area has been allocated at both the Address Hotel and Lafayette Hotel. The RTA has developed an alternative plan for parking buses at the Burj Khalifa Metro Station in case it is difficult to park at the two designated areas during peak hours.
The RTA has launched an extensive campaign to ensure environmental safety within the Right-of-Way, roads, public squares, parking spaces, bridges, tunnels and around affiliated projects. The move aims to share the joy of celebrations of Eid Al Adha with all community members, and dress up the city, which will have positive bearing on the city’s appearance. It also signals the RTA’s keenness to nurture a safe and clean environment that ensures satisfaction and comfort of all residents and visitors of the city, which attracts masses of visitors and tourists from the UAE and beyond during holidays and occasions.
According to Bin Adai, a dedicated team is in place comprising qualified engineers, inspectors and technicians who are ready to face any emergency during the Eid Al Adha holiday, in coordination with Dubai Police and Emaar, to ensure the implementation of all operational plans and required road closures. More info