The Dubai Metro will run for 24-hours on New Year’s Eve and taxis are being given ‘special lanes’ around the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall area in order to keep traffic flowing.
Ahmed Mohammed Al Hammadi, from the Roads and Transport Authority, said: “The metro will be operating round-the-clock starting from 06:00 am on 31/12/2012 up to 01/01/2013 where it is anticipated to lift more than 132,000 passengers on that day. The service will be running every two-and-a-half minutes during peak hours and 8 minutes during off peak hours.”
Around 10,000 extra parking spaces at World Trade Centre and 8,000 at Meydan Racecourse – as well as shuttle buses to and from the parking zones – have also been organised.
Taxis are expected to make over 50,000 trips on the night, and they will have designated lanes in and around the Dubai Mall.
“To ensure the deployment of enough taxis as soon as possible, the RTA has designated lanes exclusively for these vehicles, and also endorsed additional overflow parking at Etisalat at Jafliah, World Trade Centre and Meydan,” said Mr Al Hammadi. More info