Dubai hits 2 million public transport riders in a single day

Flying taxis are set to be available for the emirate's commuters by 2026

By Angel Tesorero

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Published: Thu 23 Feb 2023, 4:09 PM

Last updated: Thu 23 Feb 2023, 8:45 PM

Around two million passengers use public transport in Dubai in a single day, marking a new record, the emirate's Crown Prince revealed on Thursday.

In a tweet, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, thanked the city's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) “for delivering the world’s best mass transit services".

“The aerial taxi service set to be launched by 2026 will be a new chapter in this remarkable success story,” Sheikh Hamdan added.

Earlier this month, it was announced that the design of the new air taxi stations in the emirate has been approved. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, then mentioned that air taxis will start operating in the city in three years.

A top official from the RTA had also revealed that air taxi fares wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Prices will "not be very far from the price of a normal Uber", he added.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that public and shared mobility means set a record for ridership in Dubai last Tuesday, February 21st, 2023, amounting to 2,003,057 riders, the highest number of daily riders ever recorded in Dubai on regular weekdays (excluding the New Year Eve ridership).

Dubai Metro’s Red and Green Lines lifted 821,447 riders (571,803 for the Red Line, and 249,644 riders for the Green Line), and Dubai Tram served 26,931 riders. Public buses were used by 430,739 riders, marine transport means ferried 48,579 riders, and shared mobility means (e-hail, smart car rental, and bus on demand) lifted 151,442 riders combined. Taxis in Dubai (Dubai Taxi and Franchise Companies) served 523,919 riders.


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