Dubai to operate 12,000 taxis, 60 buses, over 1,300 metro trips to facilitate mobility during World Cup Dubai to operate 12,000 taxis, 60 buses, over 1,300 metro trips to facilitate mobility during World Cup
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Dubai to operate 12,000 taxis, 60 buses, over 1,300 metro trips to facilitate mobility during World Cup

Dubai to operate 12,000 taxis, 60 buses, over 1,300 metro trips to facilitate mobility during World Cup

The transit modes will help transport fans across Dubai as well as those travelling to Qatar to attend the tournament

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Dubai to operate 12,000 taxis, 60 buses, over 1,300 metro trips to facilitate mobility during World Cup

Dubai has unveiled a public transport master plan to manage the mobility of residents and visitors across the city and to facilitate passengers flying to Qatar to attend the FIFA World Cup.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) intends to operate 1,382 metro trips daily during the event. It has also added 700 Hala cabs (available through the Careem app) to its existing fleet of 11,310 taxis. These will serve passengers who are travelling to fan zones in Dubai and those flying out to Qatar from the Al Maktoum International Airport.

The taxi services will be available in these districts 24/7 during weekends and public holidays, spanning the duration of the tournament.

RTA will also deploy 60 public buses, which will operate on specific routes. The new DWC1 route will depart from the arrivals section at Al Maktoum International Airport, pass via the Dubai Metro Expo Station, and continue to Ibn Battuta Bus Station every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This route will only be operational until December 20, 2022, Dubai Media Office reported.

The second route is F55, a metro feeder link service that will shuttle between Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai Metro Expo Station. It will run every 30 minutes, from 5am to 12am. The third route N55 will operate from 10pm until 5am the next day to connect Al Maktoum International Airport and the Dubai Expo Metro Station.

RTA will allocate two Dubai ferries and one water taxi during the World Cup, transporting passengers on a line linking Bluewaters Island with Dubai Harbour, with a one-way fare of Dhs25 for the economy class and Dhs35 for the gold class.

Fans can watch live streaming of the matches at various locations across Dubai. Dubai Harbour will be a prime destination for foreign and local supporters, as the official FIFA fan zone. RTA also supports other fan zones, including Barasti, Dubai Media City, and Zero Gravity.

Read: FIFA World Cup: Dubai’s DWC to operate up to 120 shuttle flights between Nov 20 and Dec 19

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