Gridlock as Dubai greets 2013

Authorities close down Dubai Mall metro station hours before midnight to control the crowd

  • Traffic in Downtown Dubai
    Downtown Dubai is clogged with traffic after New Year's eve fireworks from the Burj Khalifa.Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
  • Traffic in Downtown Dubai
    Motorists park on the hard shoulder on the Al Khail Road exit towards the Business Bay crossing on New YearImage Credit: Florence Pia G. Yu/Gulf News
  • Traffic in Downtown Dubai
    Motorists park on the hard shoulder on the Al Khail Road exit towards the Business Bay crossing on New YearImage Credit: Florence Pia G. Yu/Gulf News
04 Gulf News

Dubai: It was a sea of people and vehicles for several kilometres around Downtown Dubai as the UAE ushered the New Year with a pyrotechnics party unparalleled in the region.

Roads leading to Downtown were closed several hours before midnight as thousands waited for fireworks to light up the Burj Khalifa. Roads surrounding the area were also closed as people partied and camped on the roadside.

Authorities closed down the Dubai Mall metro station a few hours before midnight as the crowd got uncontrollable. Commuters were allowed to get down at Business Bay, Financial Centre or Emirates Towers stations.

Following the pyrotechnics show, although the trains stopped at the Dubai Mall station, people weren't allowed to enter the station.

"Authorities asked us to take the train from the next station," said a commuter.

On Al Khail Road and the Business Bay Crossing, traffic crawled to a stop in some areas after motorists parked their vehicles on the road to get a view of fireworks from the Burj Khalifa close to midnight.

Slow moving traffic was also reported on roads in and around the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah area where the Burj Al Arab and Atlantis enthralled crowds of people with their own fireworks display.

With inputs from Florence Pia G. Yu, News Editor-Web

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Great effort by dubai police highly appreciated & thanks to all thepolice officers & security personnel for sucessfully managing such ahuge crowd. Kudos to Dubai Metro for running 24 hrs & making thejourney a memorable one. Dedicated lane and deployment of additional RTAbuses also to nearby areas would have been more helpful. Wishing each& everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

Mohammed Usman

1 January 2013 17:20jump to comments
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