Commuters suffer under unshaded city bus stops

DUBAI — About 200,000 commuters of Dubai Municipality’s public transport bus service brave seven hours of scorching sunlight and average temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius, as they wait for buses at unshaded, or improperly shaded bus stops across Dubai.

By Ahmad Al Kabariti

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Published: Mon 18 Jul 2005, 10:16 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:44 PM

A majority of bus stops, especially in the far-flung areas of the city and the industrial zones, are not shaded, and those that do have shades are not good enough to block the harsh summer sun. Mohammed Ali, a school janitor who was standing in front of the Al Qusais Ministry of Education, said: “Usually, I walk about 600 metres from a bus stop to another one that has a shade to prevent sunstroke under these high temperature levels.” He added that sometimes he has to wait for half an hour to catch the next bus.

“Sometimes, I am compelled to catch a taxi which costs me double the fare, instead of waiting at an unshaded bus stop. So, I called the authorities concerned to set up more shades at bus stops in all the areas of Dubai to offer safety to bus users,” said Talat Khalid, a schoolteacher in Rashidia district.

Yousif Bashir, a company salesman, who was waiting for a bus under a metallic sunshade, and was drenched in sweat outside the Dubai International Airport, said: “To wait under the sun is better for me than to stand under this sunshade which absorbs heat, making me very uncomfortable.”

Issa Al Dousari, Assistant of the Dubai Municipality Transport, commented: “About 400 new shades would be set up in all Dubai districts during the next two months, ending that suffering of thousands of Dubai Municipality bus commuters under the sunshine.

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