COP28 in UAE: Dubai’s RTA to divert traffic on roads leading to Sheikh Zayed Road

SZR Interchange
RTA advises the public to use public transportation for their commutes.
Image Credit: RTA

Dubai: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced a temporary traffic diversion on Sheikh Zayed Road heading towards Abu Dhabi, affecting the stretch between Trade Centre Roundabout and Expo Intersection.

To coincide with the UAE’s Union Day celebrations and the UN Climate Change Conference COP28, a temporary traffic diversion will be in effect on Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi from December 1 to 3, 2023. The diversion will take place between 7:00am and 11:00am each day.

RTA, in collaboration with Dubai Police General Headquarters, has developed a comprehensive traffic plan to ensure smooth traffic flow during the upcoming events. 

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Plan your COP28 journey to Expo City Dubai

The biggest climate change conference, the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28), is scheduled to take place at Expo City Dubai from November 30 to December 12.

When and where will COP28 be held?
The COP28 conference will be held from November 30 to December 12 at Expo City Dubai. COP28 is expected to host over 70,000 delegates, including heads of state and world leaders, to build consensus and facilitate progress on climate action among parties, delegates and thousands of non-government organisations, companies, youth groups, and other stakeholders.

COPs are organised into two distinctive areas called the Blue and Green Zones. The Blue Zone is a UNFCCC-managed site that is only open to UN-accredited participants. While the Blue Zone is closed to non-UNFCCC accredited individuals, the Green Zone is managed and delivered by the COP28 UAE Presidency, and is open to everyone.

Extended Metro hours, overnight shuttle services

In preparation for the upcoming COP28 conference, RTA has devised comprehensive mobility plans for the event, utilising Dubai Metro, Dubai Bus, and taxis. These plans encompass service point organisation, venue traffic regulation, and alternative congestion mitigation strategies to guarantee seamless traffic flow throughout the event.

The COP28 Presidency has strongly encouraged all attendees to use the Dubai Metro throughout the global climate event running from November 30 to December 12 for faster and more sustainable travel.

Metro timings

The RTA has extended the Metro operating hours, ensuring service from 5am to 1am the following day throughout the conference days. For added convenience, participants utilising public transport can benefit from free multi-level car parking facilities at stations such as Centrepoint, Etisalat by e&, and Jebel Ali Station.

The first train arrives at Expo Metro Station at 5:19am every day. The last train from Expo Metro Station departs at 12midnight every day.