Isn’t always the way? You wait around for a new bus station – then two come along at once. We’ve got all the info on a duo of new city centre bus terminals.
The brand new bus stations will be located in Oud Metha and Al Satwa. And because it’s Dubai, they won’t be any old bus terminals. Oh no.
The sight of air-conditioned bus stops might be a marvel to the rest of the world – but Dubai’s been rocking them since ’07. And the next stop on the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) bus journey, is another revolutionary leap.
“The mission of the new stations goes beyond the prevailing concept of commuting passengers,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general of the RTA, “offering integrated services for passengers such as retail outlets, service points, offices and others.”
Planned for construction near the existing metro station, the Oud Metha Bus Station will cover an area of 9,640 square metres. The station will serve numerous bus routes including those incoming from Dubai Academic City and the International City. The station building will stand three stories tall with rooftop car parking.
Other facilities will include rest houses, prayer rooms for men and women, staff offices, public toilets, a children’s play area, bike racks, ATMs, refreshment and snacks vending machines.
The RTA is expecting Oud Metha to service around 10,000 riders per day. It will have space for 10 operational buses and 20 out-of-service buses.
The two-storey Al Satwa station will cover an area of 11,912 square metres and also rooftop parking. The station will be able to facilitate 7,800 passengers per day with space for 15 operational buses and 20 out-of-service units.
The RTA has already announced changes to routes this year, and improvements are expected to continue at pace, with mass transit requirements of Expo 2020 looming on the horizon.
For more information on how to get about the city by bus, check out our handy guide.