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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Dubai's RTA announces Eid Al Adha traffic plans

The RTA anticipates 350,000 visitors per day during Eid

Traffic outside Dubai Mall on the first day of Eid. The RTA will increase the number of taxis at the mall by 5 per cent from last year. Antonie Robertson / The National
Traffic outside Dubai Mall on the first day of Eid. The RTA will increase the number of taxis at the mall by 5 per cent from last year. Antonie Robertson / The National

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has announced plans for managing traffic and increasing public transport services during the Eid Al Adha holiday, which begins on Thursday.

The plan aims to relieve traffic particularly around Downtown Dubai where the RTA anticipates 350,000 visitors per day.

Some 30 directional signs will be installed to guide traffic near the Burj Khalifa district. Motorists coming from Oud Metha Street via Al Asayel Street, Zabeel Bridges via Happiness Street, or through the internal roads of the Business Bay to Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road will all be redirected to ease traffic flow.

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“The objective of the plan is to ease the pressure on the Financial Centre Street and ensure smooth traffic flow during peak hours,” said Maitha bin Adai, chief executive of traffic and roads agency and chairperson of the traffic management and handling of operational plans during annual events team.

Traffic signals at the Financial Centre Street and Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard will be monitored and controlled to ensure a steady flow of traffic during peak times.

Buses and taxi pickup and drop-off points at the Mall will also be increased. The number of taxis available in the area will be increased by 5 per cent during peak hours compared to Eid last year.