On the other hand, some stories get only succinct coverage.
Apart from the above headline, and according to Al Emarat Alyoum, at the evening of January the 4th, Burj Dubai (the iconic landmark that will epitomize Dubai for decades to come), is going to be inaugurated. 1000 agents will be deployed to secure the celebrations, which will start by evening prayers at the highest mosque in the world (at floor 154).
Traffic police will be out in full force as well, to ensure a ‘stringent’ flow of traffic. And since fire works are going to be the first and most dazzling of kind in the world, RTA, (may God heighten their affairs) will run messages through overhead info boards warning drivers not to stop and stare.
Parking at roads leading to the Burj is utterly prohibited. Any car seen parked will be towed at the spot.
It’s not clear yet whether the Burj itself will be open to public or not.
6000 people are expected to turn up at the event. And this is, I speculate, is only the official guest list.
I expect the rest of the crowd will have to watch from the waterside walkways and restaurant from the Dubai Mall side of the lake.
It’s a huge, huge scope. I actually do not envy Dubai police at events like these atall. Like every other occasion, you want to strike a balance between inconspicuous presence of security personnel and readiness. It’s not easy, but I trust they could do it.
Actually, they’ve been planning the security arrangements for the inauguration party for months; coordinating joint operations between the police, CID, state security, Civil Defense, health and safety ..etc...
As always, traffic police will do the grunt work and bear the brunt.
Also, the department of premises’ security (couldn’t come up with better translation) will control entry and exit (or what I guess the professionals would call ‘perimeter security’). It’ll also run mobile search unit to scan the vicinities and secure them. (Doesn’t that sound like a normal day in the suspenseful life of US secret service agent?)
Explosive handling and emergency units will also be present.
Now, don’t be alarmed ladies and gentlemen. This is all routine for an event as big and significant as this one.
Here is a map of the available parking lots. You may also note the numbers.
Story in Arabic here.
Brief counterpart in English here.
Happy new year and congratulations to Dubai for this massive accomplishment.
I'm not going to lie to you, I'm really excited... :)