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Warnings Issued to Those Travelling for Eid Al Adha

Heavy congestion on roads leading to airports and towards other emirates as residents travel for the Eid al Adha holidays

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8 August 2019

Last updated on 8 August 2019
Warnings Issued To Those Travelling Out for Eid al Adha

Leaving for Eid al Adha? Dubai Police issues advisory to drivers and flight passengers

High traffic is expected this weekend for the four-day Eid al Adha holidays from August 10 - 13, with early congestion already causing significant delays to motorists on Thursday morning. Busy times are expected on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10 as residents take the airport roads heading towards departures.

Emirates Airlines is anticipating over 372,000 passengers travelling through Terminal 3 for the holidays, with an estimated 100,000 flyers arriving to the terminal on Friday. Those travelling out of UAE for Eid are strongly advised to arrive at least three hours before departure, and for Emirates passengers to check in as early as possible with their 24 hours window to avoid delays at the airport.

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Flyers are also encouraged to allocate additional road travel time due to the highly anticipated traffic congestion and extra road works near Terminal 3.

If travelling within the UAE for the Eid break, Dubai Police is advising all motorists to exercise caution and take alternative routes to avoid long delays. Few accidents have been reported on roads connecting to Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

To maintain traffic safety, drivers are asked to avoid cutting lanes in an attempt to reach destinations faster and to abide by UAE laws. RTA has worked a comprehensive traffic plan for Eid with Dubai Police, placing security patrols at all key roads such as around the shopping malls, tourist areas, and airport street to enhance road user safety, ensure smooth traffic flow, and prevent potential issues.

The traffic plan will also cover the Downtown Dubai district where traffic will be directed in different directions - Oud Metha Street, Happiness Street, or internal roads of the Business Bay. To ensure the smooth traffic flow, light signals at the Financial Centre Street and Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will be monitored and controlled to ensure smooth traffic flow at peak times.

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Engineer Maitha Bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, said, "The RTA has charted the required traffic and operational plans and planned the operation of mass transit means to meet the rising needs of the public, and road users during the holiday period."

"The aim of the plan is to enable the public to safely use public or private transit means during Eid days, which is usually a busy period," Maitha Bin Adai added.