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Dubai - Abu Dhabi bus service launched

By Zaigham Ali Mirza / 16 March 2005

DUBAI — Emirates Express, the new express bus service between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, was launched yesterday at Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in Bur Dubai.

Earlier the first bus from the capital arrived with its first passengers, who were presented gifts and offered snacks by officials of the public transport departments of the civic bodies.

Mohammed Mubarak Al Marar, Director of Public Transport Department, Abu Dhabi Municipality, inaugurated the service in the presence of Abdul Aziz Malik, Director of Public Transport Department, and his Deputy, Essa Al Dosary, and other senior officials of the municipality.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Malik expressed satisfaction with the launch ridership of the service and said he was confident of the buses becoming popular among residents of both the cities.

“We need to have a network of public transport that will cater to the needs of residents of all emirates, and this is a major first step in that direction,” he said.

According to Malik, the department's efforts to establish the same service much needed between Dubai and Sharjah are ongoing and talks are being held with the concerned department of the neighbouring emirate.

Malik said the new service will start from the main bus station in Abu Dhabi and ply through Shaikh Rashid road, Shaikh Zayed road passing through Umm Al Nar, Al Shahama and Al Samha stations and Dubai World Trade Centre intersection and halt at Al Ghubaiba bus station in Dubai. The service will take the same route on its return trip to Abu Dhabi and the passengers are able to get down at the stations on the way or reach Abu Dhabi directly, he said.

The coaches will take two hours to run the 150km long route. The first bus will leave Al Ghubaiba station at 6am and the last one will leave the station at 9pm. The first bus from Abu Dhabi main bus station will start at 6.30am and the last bus will leave the station at 9.30pm. Services from each station will be operated at a frequency of 45 minutes and additional coaches will be put on service as per demand increases in the future.

Meanwhile, the Public Transport Department of Dubai Municipality has selected the location for constructing the proposed bus station for bus services connecting Dubai with neighbouring countries.

Abdul Aziz Malik, Director of the department, told Khaleej Times that the area in front of the Plaza Cinema, which is close to the Al Ghubaiba Bus Station, has been selected as the most appropriate spot for the proposed project.

“The project is still in the design phase and we expect the tendering procedure to be through probably by end of this year, following which work will begin,” he said.

According to Malik, the new station will have around 12 to 15 bus platforms, parking area for as many as 50 buses in addition to support services and amenities one usually expects at a first rate bus station.

 

Fares lowered

By Asma Ali Zain

DUBAI — The Dubai Transport Corporation (DTC) yesterday confirmed that it had lowered the fares of the bus service plying between Dubai and Abu Dhabi by more than 50 per cent.

With effect from yesterday, the new fares on the route are Dh15, lowered from the existing Dh33.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Ammar bin Tamim, Director of Administration Affairs Department, said: “Dubai Transport has reduced the fares of the buses plying between Dubai and Abu Dhabi from Dh33 to Dh15 starting from yesterday.”

At present, there are nearly 40 Dubai Transport buses travelling on the route daily.
 
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