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Safe And Easy Ways to Commute

Modern and Diverse Modes of Transportation in the UAE

The UAE boasts one of the most advanced transport and infrastructure facilities in the region. From roads to metro to marine transport, it is home to world-class amenities that support the growth of economy and development of business and tourism in the country. The state-of-the-art public transport network – that includes buses, metro, tram, taxis, and water transport – runs smoothly and offers seamless connectivity within the entire country. The facilities in each emirate are operated by respective government authorities, ensuring easy access and hassle-free travel for passengers.

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Smart Ways to Commute

Many smart phone applications guide tourists to cut travel time and find easy routes to reach their destinations. In addition to the Google Maps application, that can be used throughout the UAE, the Seniar application is a unified navigation system in the country providing easy-to-follow directions to help users. Other solutions include Darb website – which uses Geographical Information System (GIS) to help easy travel within Abu Dhabi. The Smart Drive – an on-board route planning app in Dubai; and Makani system – that helps search locations in Dubai through Google and HERE maps, allow planning trips and determining locations in Dubai without the need to connect to the Internet.

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Transportation in the UAE

Transportation in the UAE

7th globally

in the road quality index in Global Competitiveness Report by World Economic Forum in 2019.

2nd globally

in the quality of air transportation index in IMD’s World Competitiveness Yearbook 2020.

6th globally

in the satisfaction with public transport index by The Legatum Institute’s Prosperity.

Dubai Metro’s Red Line

is the world’s longest driverless single metro line at 52.1 kms.

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Marine Transport

Water transport in the UAE is accessible mainly in the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. They include water-taxis, water buses, ferries and abras. Water-taxis operate in Dubai between Al Mamzar and Dubai Marina via Dubai Creek, with 30 pick-up points all over the emirate. It can transport a maximum of 10 passengers at a time. There are water-bus cruises that can be found around Dubai Marina. Abu Dhabi has ferry services that operate daily between key locations of Delma Island and Mugharaq Port, and Marsa Jabal Al Dhanna, in the emirate’s mainland. In Dubai, services can be availed in areas of Bur Dubai, Deira, Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. The service also links it to Sharjah. An Abra – traditional Arabic boat made of wood, powered by a motor – is a means of water transport that plies across the Dubai Creek. The charges to reach from one end of shore to the other are minimal.

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