Dubai: Dubai Police on Saturday released a visitor’s guide for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – which starts tomorrow, November 20 – outlining where fans can view the telecasts, important numbers to know, transport information, rules for celebration, and other points of interest.
“Dubai welcomes you during the World Cup.. enjoy our city of tolerance and openness, and take part in our thriving international community. We invite you to express your excitement with respect to local laws and community,” it tweeted, sharing a link to the guide.
‘Rules for celebrations’
• Do not possess or drink alcohol in public areas
• Avoid showing affection in public places
• It is prohibited to ingest or circulate narcotics
• Avoid unlicensed massage parlours and suspicious
• For the sake of your privacy, please respect the privacy of others while photographing
• Please preserve public property
• Do not celebrate in places not designated for this purpose in order not to disturb others
• Remember that you are in a state of tolerance. As such, you must respect the state’s culture where the contempt of religions and all kinds of discrimination and political disputes are prohibited
• Show good sportsmanship and stay away from sports fanaticism.
• It is recommended to save the taxi side number or plate number or keep the payment receipt to make it easier to find any missing items
• It is not allowed to use smoke flares
• Do not leave luggage in public areas
• If you wish to organise recreational activities, please refer to competent authorities for necessary permits and approval
Getting around Dubai
Dubai has an integrated public transport, connecting Dubai Metro, public buses, taxis and marine transport. There are also dedicated lanes for e-scooters and bicycles.
To meet the surge in demand for public transport during Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has earlied announced a master plan to facilitate the movement of residents and visitors at fan zones across Dubai and of passengers flying through Al Maktoum International Airport to watch the games in Doha.
RTA said, from November 20 to December 18, Dubai Metro will operate a total of 1,382 trips daily. There will also be additional 700 taxis to the existing fleet of 11,310 taxis, aside from deploying 60 public buses and three other marine transit for the mega sporting event.
Real-time traffic conditions
RTA noted Dubai Harbour will be a key destination for foreign and local supporters. Other popular fan zones in the city include Barasti, Dubai Media City, and Zero Gravity.
RTA said its “responsive integrated public transport master plan will take real-time traffic conditions into account to allocate resources dynamically.”
According to the traffic plan, mobile teams monitoring fan zones will manage traffic on King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street to streamline vehicle movement and ensure a smooth traffic flow. “Taxi services will be available in these districts round-the-clock during weekends and public holidays,” RTA added.
Dedicated bus routes
RTA will also deploy 60 public buses to bring fans to designated FIFA World Cup locations. This dedicated service will operate on specific bus routes. The new DWC1 route departs from Al Maktoum International Airport (Arrivals), passes via the Dubai Metro Expo Station, and continues to Ibn Battuta Bus Station every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This route will only be operational until December 20.
The second route is F55, a metro feeder link service that will shuttle between Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai Metro Expo Station. It runs from 5am to 12midnight at a frequency of 30 minutes.
The third route is N55, a night service from 10pm until 5am the next day to connect Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai Expo Metro Station.
RTA will allocate two Dubai ferries and one water taxi during the World Cup, and service timings will be synchronised with match schedules. These water transit means will ferry riders on a line linking Bluewaters Island with Dubai Harbour, with a one-way fare of Dh25 for the economy class and Dh35 for the gold class.
Tourist hotspots and attractions
Dubai visitors must not miss the latest hotspots and attractions across the city. Tourism authorities said: “Every visit to Dubai promises something new. From record-breaking attractions that are changing our skyline to fresh surprises for the family to enjoy and exciting thrills to try for the adventurous, there’s so much to take in on every trip.”
Where to watch the World Cup
BudX FIFA Fan Festival is the official fan zone at Dubai Harbour, as Dubai is one of six cities that will host official FIFA Fan Festivals around the world during the FIFA World Cup. At BudX FIFA Fan Festival, over 10,000 fans are expected to converge to celebrate the beautiful game in a state-of-the-art, immersive atmosphere.
The purpose-built space will feature custom-designed 330sqm screens that will live stream all the games. There are also international artists like Brazilian diva Ludmilla, local DJs such as Mr. Shef Codes, Kaboo and Flippside, who will keep the electric vibe going between and after matches.
The UAE‘s largest television screen will be at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, which is also Dubai’s official England fan zone, featuring plenty of food trucks, upbeat music, football activations and dedicated areas for the little ones through the tournament. Each fan zone across Dubai has something different to offer and there are also fantastic free experience under the stars. Hotels, bars, restaurants, beach clubs, cinemas and more will also go all out and set up to livestream the action from Doha.
See the supercars
Dubai Police has also advised tourists and residents not to miss the opportunity to see the iconic Dubai Police supercar fleet, which boast of the fastest and most expensive cars ever. “The fancy fleet resembles the city and reflects its bright image. They can be seen at fan zones and Al Maktoum International Airport,” noted Dubai Police
Dubai Police supercar fleet include Lamborghini Aventador, Audi R8 Coupé V10, Bentley Continental GT, McLaren MP4-12C, Aston Martin One-77, Mercedes-AMG GT63 S, Maserati GranTurismo, Bugatti Veyron, Toyota 2021 GR Supra, and more.
Important numbers, websites and apps
999 – Dubai Police for emergencies (www.dubaipolice.gov.ae)
901 – for non-urgent inquiries (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
998 or 999 – Ambulance (www.ambulance.gov.ae)
997 – for Civil Defence – Fire Department (www.dcd.gov.ae/portal/aa)
Email – email@example.com
Police Report Inquiry
Dubai Tourist Police is available 24/7 for simple accident report such as simple traffic accident report or medium accident with no injuries, provided the accident was not a result of being under the influence of alcohol.
There are also several Smart Police Stations across Dubai open 24 hours daily plus live chat in Dubai app and website.
Dubai Police app is available on Apple App Store, Google Play and Huawei AppGallery
Protecting consumer rights
In the event of a consumer complaint, call 600 545555 or visit the website consumerrights.ae. the app is also available for download on Google Play and App Store.