If you’re talking about public transport, it’s the Dubai Metro.
Nearly 297 million journeys have been made around the emirate using public transport and taxis since the beginning of the year.
That’s a 6.5 per cent rise on 2018 and an average of 1.6 million a day. The busiest month was March, after January – probably because we were all low on cash following the holidays and public transport in Dubai is very affordable.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), broke down the stats – any guesses what was the favourite way to move around?
“Dubai Metro has accounted for the highest number of public and shared transport users amounting to 34 per cent, followed by taxis (30 per cent), and public buses (27 per cent),” he revealed.
Busiest stations were Burjuman and Union, the two interchanges of the Metro’s Red and Green lines.
The Red Line’s most used station was Al Rigga and on the Green Line, Al Fahidi topped the list.
Al Tayer says the stats on car shunning are a sign that public transport culture is on the rise: “RTA’s integrated public transport network has become the backbone of people movement. It has coasted an evolution in public culture towards the use of mass transport. People started to grasp the benefits of using public transport such as the peace of mind, physical relief, higher safety and lower expenses on cars.”
The agency is always looking for new ways to make our travels easier, too.
In July the RTA launched a ferry linking Dubai and Sharjah.
It’s the first marine transport service operating between Dubai and another emirate and is part of RTA’s plan to improve water transport and help us get about more easily.
However you travel, make sure to take your nol card and keep it topped up – there are now 100 new solar-powered charging points around Dubai – remember it also doubles up as a loyalty card.