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Huge jams as thousands try to reach Burj Khalifa

Thousands of spectators battled long traffic queues to reach the world's tallest building on New Year's eve

  • Shaikh Zayed Road is blocked with traffic leavingBurj Khalifa at 2.30am on Saturday.Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
  • People run across Shaikh Zayed Road after thefireworks at Burj Khalifa.Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Gulf News
  • Families and friends gather under the shade of convenient trees in Al Mamzar Park.Image Credit: Megan Hirons Mahon/Gulf News
14 Gulf News

Dubai:  At the stroke of midnight on Friday, some 500,000 spectators had gathered around the world's tallest standing structure, Burj Khalifa, to celebrate the new year with display of fireworks.

Many of them had battled long traffic queues to reach to the nearest point possible, while others who did not get that lucky pulled their cars over wherever they were stuck and created a picnic-like atmosphere while making sure to catch the view of the fireworks, even from far away.

Shaikh Zayed Road was packed as motorists tried to reach Downtown Burj Khalifa, while Business Bay Crossing saw unusual traffic heading towards the Burj area, creating traffic chaos.

"I wanted to go all the way to the Downtown area, but in this traffic I don't think I will reach anywhere near. I am relieved that I reached Al Jaddaf exit because I am going back home after getting stuck for one hour just at the beginning of the crossing," said Mohammad Al Falasy on Friday night.

Crawling home

After a long night of crawling back to homes, via driving, walking, riding the metro, taking taxis or simply riding motorbikes, many people went out on Saturday to continue the celebrations at parks, malls and beaches, availing of the pleasant weather conditions.



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My family and I tried to get to the Dubai fountains for the promised fireworks. The traffic nearing the mall was ridicilous. We had to park away from the mall and walk about 2kms. When we got to the mall it was quite apparent the the mall was dangerously overcrowded. We had a child with us and did not want to take any risks. Even the escalators within the mall were looking dangerously overcrowded. As the New Year came closer, people became frenzied to get ot the fountains. We noticed this and steered clear. I do think that the organizers were extremely reckless by not imposing some sort of crowd limiting measure/crowd control, whether that be a charge or a time limit for people to get there. People could have been hurt or worse killed. We never got to see any fireworks and the whole trip was a waste of time.


3 January 2011 10:51jump to comments