Photos: Sheikh Hamdan inaugurates Dubai's Al Ghubaiba bus station
Published on October 20, 2020 at 00.01
The Crown Prince of Dubai on Monday inaugurated the all-new Al Ghubaiba bus station - now a sleek, modern transport hub tailored to the needs of both residents and tourists.- Pictures retreived from Dubai Media Office/Twitter
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, shared his tour of the ‘new-generation bus station’ on Twitter.
“Easier transportation that connects communities is one of the most important features of future cities. We want to make an international example by establishing sustainable exceptional infrastructure project,” Sheikh Hamdan tweeted as he posted a video clip showing the cool features of the hub.
There are also a number of electric scooters parked on the sides of the buildings.
In the middle of the station are six buildings or ‘blocks’ with tall, glass windows. Inside, bus passengers can sit comfortably and even get a cup of coffee from a hipster kiosk, the video showed.
This station in Al Ghubaiba is among the 17 new-generation public bus stations that the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is constructing to serve the visitors of Expo 2020. Through the hub, passengers are easily connected to the Metro, marine transport and taxis, helping them get to their destinations conveniently.
The new Al Ghubaiba station spans an area of 2,452sqm, hosting office spaces, customer service areas, retail outlets and restaurants in addition to 50 slots for buses and 48 slots for vehicles. It has a stand for 34 taxis and 60 docking stations for bicycles.
It can handle up to 15,000 passengers every day.
The Dubai Crown Prince was also briefed on the trial run of the e-scooter project, which will start as early as next week with five operators who include three international companies (Careem, Lime, and Tier) and two local companies (Arnab and Skurrt) supported by Dubai SMEs.
The RTA will also start the trial-run of scooters in five zones: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai Internet City, 2nd of December St, Al Rigga and Jumeirah Lake Towers. These zones have been selected according to specific criteria such as population density, private developments, availability of public transport services, integrated infrastructure, and high traffic safety records.