Dubai gears up for Eid celebrations

17/10/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Neil King
Dubai gears up for Eid celebrations

The excitement is building in Dubai, as the emirate prepares to celebrate Eid.Hotel vacancies are extremely hard to come by and the few rooms that are still available are being advertised at huge prices, such is the massive demand for accommodation in the city.The Eid in Dubai festival officially gets underway tomorrow (October 18th) and will run until the start of next month.A host of fun packed events are scheduled to take place throughout the celebration and tourism chiefs are expecting businesses throughout the emirate to be extremely busy.The government has backed an initiative called Dubai 24 Hours, which will see the multitude of shops and malls open all day, every day while the festival is in progress.Some travel leaders believe the number of visitors to Dubai could surpass the million mark over the next few weeks, Emirates 24/7 reports."Eid holidays typically attract heavy visitor traffic to Dubai as visitors from the neighbouring GCC countries gravitate towards the city as it offers a wide variety of options for them to spend their long holiday," managing director of TRI Hospitality Consulting in Dubai Peter Goddard was quoted as saying.Despite the expected influx of people, the authorities are keen to ensure that residents of the city are not unduly disrupted.Public transport networks will understandably come under a lot of strain, but the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has been planning for the extra passengers for quite some time.Nearly 86,000 people are predicted to ride the Metro at some point during Eid in Dubai and this has resulted in a few timetable changes.Ramadan Abdullah - director of Metro operations at RTA - told Gulf News that more trains will be provided in order to cater for the extra demand."We will have trains running at every three minutes 30 seconds and we will also have a few trains on standby. As and when necessary extra trains will be inserted to meet the increasing demand," he was quoted as saying.