Dubai: New Year’s Eve celebrations in the UAE are legendary for their no-expense spared, colourful and perfectly synchronised fireworks shows. All the seven emirates will be conducting fireworks and celebrations in different areas but the main attraction undoubtedly would be the one happening at Dubai’s Downtown area.
Over 650,000 to throng Downtown area
More than 650,000 people are expected to throng Dubai’s Downtown area to take part in the emirate’s New Year celebrations. Police have allocated 160 sites for the visitors to watch the famed annual fireworks display. Of these sites, 23 are in the Downtown area.
In the Downtown area, the police have arranged space for 400,000 residents at The Dubai Mall; 200,000 residents at the Burj Khalifa area; 27,000 at The Address Hotel zone; and 13,000 at the Souq Al Bahar.
Brigadier Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, director of the general department of the security bodies, enterprises and emergency, advised the public to reach the events area by 6pm. He called on the public to cooperate with the police and abide by instructions in order to avoid traffic congestions.
Separate paths for bachelors and families
Brig. Al Marri said the police have set up three paths for pedestrians to go to the events area.
On the first path, two separate tracks will lead from the Burj Khalifa Metro station to the events area – one for families that will lead to the Promenade and the other for bachelors that will lead to the South Ridge.
The second path will be for families going to the Boulevard area from the Financial Centre Metro station, while the third track is for those coming from the Business Bay station.
Public told not to litter Dubai
Dubai Municipality has urged the public not to litter while they are out watching the New Year fireworks even as the city’s litter-busters are gearing up with a massive waste management plan for the event.
The Waste Management Department of the civic body will deploy a large contingent of workers and equipment to tackle the rubbish post the official New Year fireworks at Burj Khalifa. Additional workers will also be deployed in other areas of the city where the public will gather to watch the fireworks.
Apart from the trash bins installed in the area by developer Emaar, the municipality will provide 106 trash collectors of different sizes for the event.
After the fireworks, municipal cleaners usually pick up litter such as water bottles, soft drink cans, fast-food packets, confetti as well as paper and carton waste from the fireworks.
A team including 353 cleaners and 29 supervisory staff from the Operations and Cleaning Services Section and 364 cleaners provided by private companies will be in charge of clearing the litter after the crowds disperse from the Downtown area after the celebrations.
In addition to this, the emergency and crises team called Sanid which has all the field staff officers and monitors (140), workers (1,500) and the equipment from the department will pitch in for the clean-up operation in case of any emergency.
Last year, 23 tonnes of waste was cleared from Downtown Dubai after the New Year fireworks in Burj Khalifa and the massive fire at the Address Downtown Dubai Hotel.