Free bus rides during Eid Al Fitr holidays


By Dhanusha Gokulan (Reporter )

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1The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has worked out a comprehensive plan for managing the traffic movement and mass transit means in Dubai as part of preparations for the upcoming Eid Al Fitr holiday.

Directional signs have been installed in the Burj Khalifa district and the Downtown area, which is expected to be a hub of activity during the holidays. Ten buses will offer free transit from the Dubai Mall to the Dubai World Trade Centre starting from 1 pm on the first day of Eid till the end of the holidays.

Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency and Head of the team responsible for the management of traffic movement and the handling of operational plans during annual events explained that the RTA has worked out operational plans for serving riders during the holiday of Eid Al Fitr; which always experiences traffic congestion.

“The plan, which encompasses Burj Khalifa district, included installing 20 directional signs to guide traffic to internal roads of the Business Bay up to the Sheikh Zayed Road, and Al Khail Road to ease the pressure on the Financial Center Road,” said Maitha. She explained that temporary signs have been put in place to direct road users to Zabeel bridges leading to Burj Khalifa from Sheikh Rashid Street.

“To ensure the smooth traffic flow during peak hours, the light signals on the Financial Centre Road will be monitored and controlled to achieve optimal traffic flow,” she added.

“A program is currently underway involving preventive maintenance and cleaning of Eid Prayers, mosques, bridges and tunnels. Particular attention is given to washing main tunnels and metal rail of bridges, removing dust and solid deposits on pavements, especially at bridges, washing pedestrian bridges, and cleaning directional signage at main roads of the Emirate,” said Maitha.

She elaborated that a technical team comprising engineers and inspectors of the Roads Maintenance Department has coordinated with the Traffic and Roads Departments a survey of areas around Eid prayers to take necessary corrective measures required for making any carry out emergency repairs during the end of the holy month of Ramadan. More info