An array of celebrations are in store; stay tuned!
Another year of Covid-related uncertainty has passed and we are only hours away from welcoming the new year.
As the world battles another variant of the coronavirus, the UAE is projecting hope by hosting a series of celebrations across the country to optimistically welcome 2022 – with strict security measures for Covid, of course.
Khaleej Times’ reporters are spread across the Emirates and will bring all the action live right here. Stay tuned!
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5:51 p.m .: Route des Clés closed
Dubai Police have announced the closure of Lower Financial Center Street. Previously, the authorities had closed Al Asayel Street.
Residents can use public transportation or alternate routes: Al Khail Rd., Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd., Al Wasl St., and Jumeirah Rd.
5:46 p.m .: The last sunset of 2021
Residents of Al Khan Beach in Sharjah gather to watch the last sunset of 2021.
17:43: Delays in bus services
The current weather conditions have caused delays in Dubai bus services, the RTA said.
For confirmation of the travel schedule, users are advised to contact the Customer Happiness Center at 8009090.
5:32 pm: “No place like the Expo to celebrate the New Year”
Aiman Hassan, his wife Amal and their three children traveled from Al Ain to celebrate New Years at Expo 2020 Dubai.
“There is no place like the Expo to celebrate New Years. We want to watch the fireworks and the Ball Drop at Al Wasl Plaza.
5:08 p.m .: Sheikh Mohammed presents his New Year’s greetings
Speaking to Twitter, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, sent New Year’s greetings to the community.
“We welcome the New Year 2022 with optimism, confidence and preparation for the best,” he wrote.
4:54 p.m .: Crowds gather at Expo 2020 Dubai
4:51 p.m .: Staging of the festivities in Ain Dubai
Ain Dubai at Bluewaters Island is ready to welcome New Years in style.
4:39 p.m .: Al Asayel Street is now closed
The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that Al Asayel Street towards the Burj Khalifa district is now closed.
Motorists are advised to use public transport or alternative roads: Al Khail Road, Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Al Wasl Street and Jumeirah Road.
4:36 p.m .: Steel barricades set up in the Dubai Mall
Steel barricades have been installed at all elevators on the first and ground floors of the Dubai Mall. Dozens of residents from all over were seen trying to make their way to the main area of the Dubai Fountain.
4:30 p.m .: Find out what’s going on in setting up the Burj Khalifa show
It took months of planning to put on this “most magical show”. A total of 177,958 kg of fireworks will be used in coordination with 10,400 fire orders and 1235 directions of fire. No less than 274 luminaires are used, in addition to 60 laser projectors.
4:01 pm: The rain lashes Dubai; RTA takes action
A number of key places and highways in Dubai experienced congestion after Friday’s downpour and work is underway to clear the water build-up.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has mobilized to restore traffic flow in the emirate.