Many of us might have witnessed the Burj Khalifa fireworks on the new years eve. Back in Scientechnic –Traffic Management Divison, we had the opportunity to play a small role in this prestigious world event.
The Iconic Burj Khalifa saw thundering display of fireworks watched by millions in downtown and world over. It was in its true means “Centre of Now”. The event has already elevated Dubai to the league of the world's most preferred destinations to mark the New Year’s Celebrations
Scientechnic Traffic Management Division team was involved in this prestigious event in managing the Traffic movement through Central Traffic System within the Burj Khalifa Boulevard and played a key role in coordination with Police for pedestrian movements within boulevard, Monitoring the Pedestrian load at Metro / Bus stations with RTA Authorities. Scientechnic also provided the Traffic alerts for Emaar marketing team to direct the social media.
The UTC System that Scientechnic delivered during EID, was the focal point of monitoring, controlling and co-ordination efforts between various authorities involved in managing the event within the downtown Emaar Boulevard. A temporary control room was set-up at Emaar’s Armani sales center in downtown, which in turn were communicating to the core upper city wide management team within RTA and Police.
The overall Traffic Plan was to allow traffic in to the downtown till it hits the 20,000 car park space available within the downtown area and thereafter keep the boulevard free of Traffic to ease the mobility of the visitors and to keep boulevard roads free for any potential emergency movements. The Burj Khalifa Metro Station alone fed 410,000 visitors between 5 to 11PM. At its peak the total no of visitors exceeded 1 million mark.
The car park spaces within downtown got filled around 8.00 PM and subsequently the entry points into the Boulevard were closed and the traffic were diverted to the alternate car parks specifically arranged for the event at Dubai World Trade Centre, DIFC and Meydan, which had an additional 10,000 parking slots, and the public were provided access to the venue through RTA bus service.
After the fireworks the exit part was even a bigger challenge, as all the visitors who got into the downtown during the day from morning till midnight wanted to exit at once after the Show. There was a massive logistics plan put in place by RTA for this scenario using Public Transportation Buses and Metro which ran a Train after every 2.30 mts.
The arrangements were personally supervised by Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamin, Chief of Dubai Police and at once stage visited the control centre.