Eid: No drownings; Police get 49,044 calls; RTA ridership…

RTA lifts 2.89 million riders during Eid holidays

DUBAI 29 June 2017: Dubai Police said that there were no registered cases of drowning or maritime accidents during the Eid Al Fitr holidays.

Major Ali Abdullah Al Naqbi, Head of the Maritime Rescue Department at the Directorate of Transport and Rescue at Dubai Police, said that Dubai Police had successfully implemented the campaign, titled, “Eid Without Accidents”, during the Eid holidays, which witnessed a large turnout of visitors to the emirate’s beaches, especially Burj Al Arab, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Courts, Second Jumeirah, Al Mamzar, Dubai Creek and the Dubai Water Canal, said Wam.

He added that Dubai Police had deployed all types of search and rescue vehicles, including boats, cars and water scooters at the locations that witnessed a large public presence, as well as marine rescue patrols on the beaches, under the supervision of Brigadier General Mohammad Nasser Al Razzouqi, Acting Director of the Directorate of Transport and Rescue.

Major Al Naqbi noted that eight maritime checkpoints were established to deal with any emergency cases during Eid at Al Hamriya, Deira Port, Dubai Creek, the Floating Bridge, First Jumeirah Port, Second Jumeirah Port, Third Jumeirah Port and the Hatta Centre.

He added that Dubai Police officers had worked hard to help people, raise their awareness and provide advice to help them avoid maritime accidents. He noted that Dubai Police were ready before the start of the Eid holidays to handle emergency cases on the beaches.

Major Al Naqbi praised the response of beach visitors to the instructions of Dubai Police and Dubai Municipality to prevent accidents.

Abu Dhabi Police receive 21,065 calls 

ABU DHABI: The Command and Control Centre at the Abu Dhabi Police’s General Directorate for Central Operations received 21,065 calls during the Eid Al Fitr holiday on the toll-free number 999, of which 13,291 were from Abu Dhabi, 6,642 from Al Ain, and 1,132 from Al Dhafra.

Colonel Nasser Sulaiman Al Maskari, Director of Operations at the General Directorate for Central Operations, said that all the calls received by the centre have been dealt with. This is taking into consideration the response time for the arrival of competent police squads to the sites of contact to perform their tasks with accuracy and professionalism.

He added that the department provides services to the public in accordance with the highest standards and quality requirements, which is the policy of the General Command of the Abu Dhabi Police.

The centre is equipped with the latest methods and advanced technologies and employs a qualified cadre of officers, non-commissioned officers, and personnel.

Dubai Police Command and Control Centre receives 15,263 phone calls 

DUBAI: Major Ahmed Abdul Rahman Aqeel, Acting Director of the Command and Control Centre at the General Directorate of Operations of the Dubai Police, said that the centre received 15,263 phone calls during the Eid Al Fitr holidays, while 1,346 traffic accidents were registered during the same period.

He stressed the keenness of the Dubai Police’s General Command to launch security and traffic awareness campaigns among community members by organising programmes and workshops, as well as campaigns that target all segments of the community to encourage them to adhere to the traffic safety rules and laws, especially motorists and road users.

He advised the public to call 999 in emergency cases only, and call 901 for inquiries about the services provided by Dubai Police such as criminal and traffic inquiries, questions related to issuing criminal status certificates, “to whom it may concern”, burial permit certificates and how to subscribe to the housing security programme, as well as other inquiries related to cardiac disease services.

Major Aqeel reiterated that 999 is only for emergency cases while 901 is allocated for other inquiries.

Sharjah Police Central Operations Room receives 12,716 phone calls 

SHARJAH: The Central Operations Room of Sharjah Police received 12,716 phone calls, including criminal and traffic related issues, under the framework of the Ministry of Interior’s strategy that aims to make local roads safer.

The Traffic and Patrols Department also managed to control traffic and reduce the numbers of serious accidents and deaths in Sharjah, during Eid Al Fitr.

Brigadier Ali Salem Al Khayyal, Director-General of Central Operations at Sharjah Police, stated that the Central Operations Room received 10,099 phone calls during the Eid Al Fitr holidays through the “999” hotline for emergency cases, and 2,617 non-emergency phone calls on the “901” hotline, including general inquiries.

He noted that the Central Operations Room classifies reports according to their importance while taking the necessary procedures and transferring them to relevant authorities.

Al Khayyal added that the traffic during Eid Al Fitr was smooth on all local roads, due to the efforts of traffic patrols across the emirate, which reached 90 daily patrols during Eid, to avoid accidents and secure road users. He also noted that the number of serious accidents did not exceed three, while there were only minor and medium injuries.

He highlighted the role of all media outlets, including visual, audio, readable and smart media, in conveying their messages to the public, as well as the field awareness and traffic culture campaign that started to emerge among roads users, leading to the rise of positive indicators related to the traffic situation all over the emirate.

RTA lifts 2.89 million riders 

DUBAI: The Roads and Transport Authority revealed the total ridership of public transport means in Dubai during Eid Al Fitr holiday had reached 2,891,557 riders.

Nasir Hamad Bu Shehab, CEO of Strategy & Corporate Governance Sector, RTA, said, “During Eid Al Fitr holiday, the Dubai Metro carried 1,500,899 riders shared between the Red Line (980,278 riders) and the Green Line (520,621 riders). The number of passengers that used the Dubai Tram were 55,889, while public buses riders were 1,153,555 and the number of marine transport users were 181,214.

“The RTA had charted out a comprehensive plan for managing public transport movement during Eid Al Fitr holiday; which is marked by intense traffic especially in certain hotspots like Dubai Mall-Burj Khalifa Downtown. The plan was developed to ensure the integration of mass transit systems and the traffic systems to ensure a smooth mobility of people from and to those areas.

Yas Mall attracts more than 250,000 visitors

ABU DHABI: Yas Mall, a leading entertainment and shopping destination located in the heart of Yas Island, witnessed a large turnout of 250,000 visitors and shoppers on the first Eid Al Fitr day, which saw the discount campaign launched by the mall for the first time in the capital, Abu Dhabi.

The visitors and shoppers, included tourists from Gulf Cooperation Council States, who spent their vacation in the UAE and stayed at Yas Island’s hotels, while many top destinations on Yas Island held several activities and special shows.

Saoud Khoory, General Manager of Yas Mall, said this initiative highlighted the special position of Abu Dhabi as a leading entertainment and shopping destination, and also as a leading commercial centre in the capital.

“We are looking forward to co-operating with various government authorities to receive more visitors from around the world, to witness a high-level shopping and entertainment experience at Yas Mall, while highlighting the participation of over 340 stores in the Yas Mall discount campaign,” he added.

By Rajive Singh