Dubai: Thousands of security and emergency staff will ensure safe and smooth New Year’s Eve festivities across Dubai.
The increased interest across all venues along the band of fireworks displays along the Dubai coastline has prompted Dubai’s Events Security Committee to assign 4,000 personnel to the festivities.
This includes police, Civil Defence officers, RTA employees, ambulance services, and volunteers.
Brigadier Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, deputy head of the Event Security Committee and deputy director of the Department of Protective Security and Emergency at Dubai Police, said there will be 26 emergency tents positioned downtown to offer the public a wide range of services.
Brigadier Al Merri said “To make sure everybody enjoys New Year’s Eve, we urge people to follow instructions and signboards. More than 20 screens on the Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard will display instructions.”
“Those who have reservations at hotels and restaurants near the Burj Khalifa area should present their access cards to Dubai Police so they can easily access the area. These cards should have been provided to them from the places where they have reservations. However, they still have to be there before 6pm,” said Brig Al Merri.
The committee said there will be 4,200 security cameras overseeing areas of the festivities and 70 traffic patrols around the Downtown area.
Providing more details on the fireworks preparations, Ahmad Al Falasi, executive director at Emaar, revealed that fireworks across the city will last for eight minutes and the Burj Khalifa fireworks this year have a new twist.
“The Dubai Water Canal fireworks and Burj Khalifa fireworks will be accompanied with music and the theme is based on the traditions of the country,” he said.
Colonel Mohammad Al Bastaki, Director of transport security at Dubai Police, advises the public on the following:
- Use public transport — it’s only a 1km walk from the metro stations beside Burj Khalifa to Downtown Dubai.
- Try to reach the festivity venue before 6pm.
- Follow police’s guidelines for your safety and the safety of others.
- Do not push when in a crowd to prevent a stampede.
- Be patient when exiting the area once the festivities are over.
- Cross highways only from designated areas.
- Make sure to carry your Emirates ID at all times.
- Report any suspicious activity to the emergency line 999 or to a police officer.
- Do not carry big luggage with you.
- Call non-emergency number 901 for any enquiries.
- Call the ambulance only in case of emergency.
- Motorists should give way to all emergency vehicles.
Additional information on fireworks:
160 locations for fireworks — 137 outside Downtown and 23 inside Downtown.
The fireworks will pass through Business Bay, Dubai Water Canal, next to Al Khail, Al Jaddaf area up to the Dubai Creek Harbour. The Downtown locations include: Burj Khalifa, Address Hotel, Dubai Mall, Dubai Opera, and various Downtown buildings.
People can watch the Burj Khalifa fireworks from the following locations: Dubai Mall fountain, Al Jazeera park, Souq Al Bahar, Burj Plaza, South Ridges buildings, Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard.
750 patrols to ensure safety and security
A full safety and security arrangement plan finalised by the CID Department at Dubai Police for the celebration
Around 750 police patrols and specialised field teams from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Dubai Police will be deployed across the city during New Year’s Eve to ensure the celebration goes smoothly, Dubai Police announced on Tuesday.
A full safety and security arrangement plan was finalised by the CID Department at Dubai Police for the celebration, which will take place on December 31.
At least 470 patrol cars, which include specialised field teams from the CID and women police, will be overseeing different areas where the festivities have been planned and ensuring the safety and security of revellers.
The rest will be 280 police patrols stationed in different areas.
The CID Department confirmed that certain teams from the Dubai Police Tourism Department will also be present at tourist camps on the day of the celebration.
Dubai Police urged members of the public to call the non-emergency number 901 in case they have any inquiries or suggestions and to call 999 in case of any emergency. Police stations will be open to offer all kinds of security services to the public.
They also urged residents and citizens to take advantage of the Dubai Police app to report any minor accidents and to abide by safety rules in crowded areas.