I made a huge mistake yesterday by heading to Burj Khalifa for the new year celebrations. The crap that my self and my cousin had to go through was beyond imagination. We thought we’d “pass by”, watch the fireworks then do something else, Instead, we got stock there for 6 hours.
First, the metro coming from Discovery Gardens decided not to stop at the burj “due to over-crowding”. We got off at DIFC and walked all the way to the burj, there were no cabs, and even if there was, traffic wasn’t moving.
When we entered the mall, we realized the “over-crowding”. I remembered the movie Resident Evil. Some one told me, she heard on the news that in the area there was 600,000 people. I don’t doubt it. People were pushing each other, women and children crying, cars literally sank in people. I really hope that there wasn’t a situation where medics had to reach there.
When the stupid show finished (around 7 mins only), we walked back for 45 mins to the DIFC metro station. there was so much people, we couldn’t even enter the place. So we walked again for another 20 mins to the Emirates Towers station. There was a huge crowd there, but not as much as the first one so we managed to enter the station.
Inside, a group of 500 or so literally started a riot against the police. The police weren’t letting any one go beyond the check in point towards the metros because the metros towards Rashidya were packed. People for some reason couldn’t comprehend that so they started screaming together and pushing the police.
The metro heading to the gardens wasn’t busy at all, but the police couldn’t let us in because the gates were closed because of the crowd, and if they open the gates for those heading to the gardens, who are very few, the crazy crowd would break in. What happened? I managed to get to the barrier where the police are standing, I looked at the officer and told him that I’m going to jump over the barrier, I told him that so he won’t arrest me. He heard me, and turned his head away. I shouted saying, “Look at me, I’m climbing, I’m jumping”. He didn’t say anything. So I did it along with my cousin. We jumped, every one was looking at us in shock, we took the stairs and disappeared.
Our police here in Dubai is NOT prepared to deal with such huge crowds, riots or demonstrations. The city was a mess. I don’t usually go out on New Year’s, I don’t think I will ever go out again, not to a public place at least.
Enjoy the fireworks below. Happy 2011.