Dubai awards over $7m to Emirati taxi plate owners

Emirati taxi operators in Dubai have been awarded a payment of AED26.4m ($7.17m) by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to help buffer rising living costs. The bonus will be given to Emirati owners of taxicab number plates, who lease the 6,542 plates to state-owned firms such as the Dubai Taxi Agency in exchange for an annual fee.

Increase in Nol card use reflects swell in public transport users

“More than one million different transactions are recorded on a daily basis by various types of Nol cards; which means that the number of public transport users, especially the metro, is constantly going up and the culture of using public transport systems in Dubai is spreading among various segments of the community.

Dubai Parks and Resorts to open on October 31

Dubai Parks and Resorts has announced that the region’s largest theme park destination will open its gates to the public on October 31, 2016. The...

Al Tayer reviews Roads and Transport Authority’s foundation challenges at Engineers Forum in Kuwait

H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), stated that the shrewd vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, enabled the Dubai Emirate to thrive and prosper like no other city in the region, rendering it a creative city punctuated with investment projects spanning airports, ports, rail and transport systems.

RTA gets certification for assets management

The Public Transport Agency, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) became the first Middle Eastern entity to obtain the internationally acclaimed Assets Management Certification of Conformity to the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 55 assessment awarded by the British SGS Group.

Dubai Taxi starts selling water in taxicabs, in coop with Al Ain Mineral Water...

In keeping with its drive to deliver excellent customer services and attain customers satisfaction, the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) in cooperation with Al Ain Mineral Water Co, has kicked off the selling of mineral water bottles in its taxi fleet in an initial trial phase covering 350 taxicabs comprising Airport Taxi fleet, for a 3 months period, following which the results and process of the project will be assessed.

RTA starts trial operation of CNG-powered bus on internal route

Source: RTA’s Public Transport Agency announced that it would start a trial operation of a bus powered by compressed natural gas on an internal...

Crown Prince Shaikh Hamdan flags off first Dubai Tram

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, flagged off the first tram from Al Sufouh depot.

Relief for bus commuters

In my community report published in Gulf News on September 4, 2010, I had written about the need for one more NOL card machine in the Naif Park bus stop in Deira. This bus stop is one of the biggest bus stops in Dubai. I always saw long queues in front of the NOL card machine on a daily basis.


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RTA adopts 15 innovative ideas to enhance green economy initiatives

DUBAI, 20th September, 2016 (WAM) -- The Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has adopted 15 innovative ideas during the recent Innovation Lab, organised by...

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Mawaqif could use more explanation

Few words raise blood pressure in Abu Dhabi quite as dramatically as "Mawaqif". The capital's paid-parking system, less than two years old and still expanding, has upset a lot of people, to judge by our letters-to-the-editor files and the anecdotal accounts that every driver seems to have.

No new Salik gates planned for city, says RTA exec

Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has no plans to introduce new Salik toll gates to the city’s roads or to increase the cost at each gate, a senior executive said. Media reports in February said the authority planned to add a further two gates in a bid to raise transport revenues, bringing the total number of Salik points in the city to six.

Drunk cyclist lands Dh20,000 fine

This year, between January and May, 154 drink-driving cases have been recorded, according to Dubai Traffic Police. Statistics show that drink-driving accidents so far this year have accounted for about 14 per cent of all accidents on Dubai roads.

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