Dubai Health unveils robust readiness plan for New Year’s Eve celebrations
Field hospital set up in downtown Burj Khalifa area
Dubai Health, Dubai’s integrated health network, has laid out an extensive preparedness strategy to ensure revellers’ health and safety during the New Year’s Eve celebrations across the vibrant city that begin on December 31, 2023 and conclude on January 1, 2024.
The comprehensive plan includes establishing a fully-equipped field hospital in the bustling downtown Burj Khalifa area, strategically positioned to provide immediate medical support at the epicentre of the festivities.
The readiness plan spans Dubai Health’s network of hospitals and ambulatory health centres, guaranteeing coordination to tackle potential medical emergencies during the anticipated high-attendance event, which is set to attract both UAE-based residents and international tourists.
State of readiness
Dr Sara Kazim, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Dubai Health, said: “Dubai Health’s emergency departments are fully prepared to manage any cases during New Year’s Eve celebrations. Moreover, our field hospital houses a specialised team of medical and nursing professionals adept at handling diverse emergency scenarios.
“The clinical team is supported by dedicated administrative and logistics staff, ensuring comprehensive and integrated care for all individuals requiring medical attention.”
Khalifa Baqer, Chief Operating Officer at Dubai Health, added: “We have developed a comprehensive action plan tailored to meet emergency response requirements at various celebration locations throughout the emirate.
“Our primary focus is delivering top-notch healthcare services, adhering to the highest standards of quality and efficiency, with paramount attention to overseeing the safety and medical care of all individuals involved in the celebration.”
Extravagant New Year’s Eve celebrations
In addition to its comprehensive healthcare preparations, the Dubai emirate is renowned for its extravagant New Year’s Eve celebrations. The city transforms into a dazzling spectacle with fireworks, light shows, and entertainment events, attracting people from all walks of life.
Dubai’s New Year’s Eve celebrations include landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, where a breathtaking fireworks display illuminates the night sky and a ring of fireworks on Palm Jumeirah fronted by the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel. The city’s vibrant atmosphere and diverse cultural influences create a unique celebration experience.
Traditionally, families and friends gather to welcome the New Year together, enjoying festive meals and participating in various activities. Many attend public events, while others celebrate in their homes or at luxurious venues.
Dubai’s multicultural environment traditionally ensures that the celebrations blend modernity and tradition, reflecting the diversity of its residents and visitors. As the clock strikes midnight, the city comes alive with joyous celebrations, marking the beginning of a new year.
The Dubai Health system in Dubai emirate spans six hospitals, 26 ambulatory health centres, 20 medical fitness centres, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Al Jalila Foundation.
Featured image: New Year’s Eve fireworks over Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai City. Image: Mo