Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is launching nine new bus routes, as well as a few tweaks to existing services, all starting in April.
Dubai already knows how to ‘bus.’ To start with, we have air-conditioned shelters, (hello 3019) and routes cover 87 per cent of the city’s urban area. Buses have separate compartments for women, run the electronic NOL ticketing system, are people of determination friendly and are gradually getting closer to zero emissions in alignment with Dubai Government’s ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’ initiative.
It doesn’t matter how many monocles you own – you are never too regal to ride on public transport. Dubai’s own royal family, famously hopped on board London’s tube on a summer holiday back in 2016. If you want more information on how to get the best out of the RTA’s bus network, check out our handy guide.
Starting Sunday (7th April) there are seven new routes to not be too posh on. Here’s a quick overview of the starts, stops and vias below.
New route 1 – Route 20 from Al Warsan 3 to Al Nahda via DXB Terminal 2, (Rashidiya Metro Bus Station – International City), every 30 minutes during peak hours.
New route 2 – Route E201 from Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to Al Ain Bus station, every 30 minutes during peak hours.
New route 3 – Route J02 from International Media Production Zone (IMPZ) to Arabian Ranches via Dubai Studio City, every 30 minutes during peak hours.
New route 4 – Route 310 from Rashidiya Metro and Bus Station to International City, every 8 minutes during peak hours.
New route 5 – Route 320 from Rashidiya Metro and Bus Station to Silicon Oasis/Academic City, every 8 minutes during peak hours.
New route 6 – Metro feeder service, Route F34 from Dubai Internet City Metro Station to Dubai Production City via IMPZ, every 20 minutes during peak hours.
New route 7 – Metro feeder service, Route F37 linking Mall of the Emirates Metro Station with Dubai Sports City, every 20 minutes during peak hours.
New route 8 – Route E315 runs from Etisalat Metro Station to Muwaileh Bus Station in Sharjah.
New route 9 – Route E316 runs from Rashidiya Metro Station to the University of Sharjah (Airport Road Interchange).
Route F30 will now terminate at Studio City with no service to Arabian Ranches – as this connection is now served by the new route J02 (above), meaning a quicker service for all.
Route F04 will be converted into a circular service, enabling transfers at Al Khaleej Road opposite to Gold Souq Bus Station.
Route 50 will end at the Business Bay, thus enabling a faster service.
Route F09 will be extended to Dubai Frame from Jafiliya Metro Station.
Route 24 will now include a loop service to connect the Sahara Centre with the existing route.
On the same day the new routes start, the following ones will be cancelled: Routes 365 and 366 – existing passengers will be served by the new services 310, 320 and 20. Route F29 is also no more with new services F34, F37, F30 and J02 filling in the gaps.