x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

New Metro timings and bus routes to ease Eid traffic in Dubai

The RTA has detailed plans to ensure commuters don't spend this Eid stuck in a traffic jam.

DUBAI // Plans have been made to ensure the Eid in Dubai festival is not ruined by traffic jams and parking woes.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has extended Metro hours, laid on additional bus routes and created 2,000 extra parking spaces around those venues expecting high attendances during the festival, which runs from October 18 to November 2.

Maitha bin Udai, the chief executive of the Traffic and Roads Agency at the RTA, said: “Traffic signals will be controlled and monitored along Street 312 and Trade Centre Roundabout.”

Traffic signals around Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates, the Creek Park and Marina Mall will also be controlled. Outside Creek Park, 500 additional parking spaces will be provided at Al Boom Village and a new bus route has been created between the entrance of the park and Oud Metha station.

Buses will also run from Al Ghubaiba and Etisalat station to Global Village between 1pm and 1am. Other bus routes created include a link between Al Seef Road in Bur Dubai and Khalid bin Al Waleed station, and between Burjman Centre and Al Seef station.

On the weekends that fall between October 18 to November 2, the Metro will run from 5.30am until 4am the following day on Thursdays and Saturdays. On Friday, it will operate from 10am to 4am.

Extra car parks have been created near Dubai Mall and buses will run from the overflow parking to the mall. Signals will be controlled around Festival City and buses will transport passengers to the closest station in case of a taxi shortage.

At Heritage Village, 700 additional parking spaces will be available.

The Water Taxi service will run 24 hours a day at Festival City station and Marina Mall station.

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