Dubai: With revellers heading to select locations to enjoy New Year’s Eve fireworks and celebrations tonight, authorities in the UAE have announced relevant road closures and issued traffic advisories.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will be closed at 4pm (or upon reaching capacity in the parking area).
The lower deck of the Financial Centre Road will be closed at 4pm and Al Sukook Street will be closed at 8pm.
A closure of Al Asayel Road, extending from Oud Metha Road and leading to Burj Khalifa district, is scheduled at 4pm for the exclusive use of public buses and emergency vehicles.
Al Mustaqbal Street will gradually shut down between 2nd Za’abeel Road and Al Meydan Road starting at 4pm.
Extra police patrols will be deployed for the fireworks display at Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah city and at Khor Fakkan Amphitheatre in Khor Fakkan town.
The two bridges between Al Maryah Island and the mainland of Abu Dhabi city will be closed from 11pm tonight till 12.30am tomorrow.
The police also issued a movement ban for heavy vehicles from 7am today to 7am tomorrow. During the period, heavy vehicles will not be allowed to enter Abu Dhabi island, or ply the four bridges – Al Maqta Bridge, Musaffah Bridge, Sheikh Zayed Bridge and Sheikh Khalifa Bridge – which connect the island to the mainland. Only heavy vehicles providing logistics and support services will be allowed.
Darb tolls will not be charged tomorrow as Sunday is toll-free in Abu Dhabi.
Police patrols will be at hand to manage the expected uptick in traffic. Motorists are advised to head early towards venues where fireworks will be held tonight, such as the Corniche, Yas Bay Waterfront, Al Maryah Island, Saadiyat Island, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, and Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival in Al Wathba.
Ras Al Khaimah
Police advised motorists to arrive before 8pm to Al Marjan Island to avoid traffic jams, and to reserve appropriate places in the designated viewing areas on Al Marjan Island - the main road leading to it will be closed at 10pm.
As many as 120 police patrols will be deployed on all the vital roads and intersections in Ras Al Khaimah, especially at the main celebration area located on Al Marjan Island, which is attended by tens of thousands of visitors from inside and outside the emirate to watch the fireworks that are launched annually on New Year’s Eve.