DUBAI // It was the first time for thousands to see rock legends Guns N’ Roses live but for many, the experience was marred by hours spent entering and leaving the venue.
Some fans reported delays of two hours because access to the Autism Rocks Arena from the Al Ain Road was clogged. Others walked up to seven kilometres along the motorway after abandoning gridlocked taxis.
Fans also said it took two and a half hours to leave the event car park. Some resorted to walking along the busy motorway to search for taxis.
Yet many of these fans paid as much as Dh4,000 for VIP entry.
Fan Claire Vargha said the lack of entrances were the issue.
“The problem is that the venue has only a one-lane entrance,” she said. “The Al Ain road is three lanes so all of that traffic has to filter in to one. A venue that can host 30,000 people needs more than one entrance point. People were abandoning their cars; it was chaos.”
Jamal Iqbal paid Dh995 for each of his tickets and said that despite the fact that he enjoyed the live entertainment and food vans, he tried seven booths in search of water and had to settle for a soft drink instead.
He said more must be done by authorities to help ease congestion for such big events.
“It took us 90 minutes to exit the car park and reach Al Ain road. We passed at least 100 people walking on the highway, trying to hitchhike.” More info