Many Abu Dhabi commuters still suffering from summer heat while waiting for buses


By Nada Al Taher, Staff Reporter

Abu Dhabi: To the dismay of commuters, many bus shelters across Abu Dhabi remain without shade and air-conditioning despite the sweltering summer heat.

Although transportation authorities have taken several steps to ensure that their public transport meets international safety standards, residents in the capital are still struggling as they spend anywhere between five and 20 minutes waiting for their bus under the summer sun.

Zayed the First Street, popularly known as Electra Street, is not only packed with bus stops that are not air-conditioned, but the waiting spots are devoid of any shaded areas apart from nearby buildings that most residents stand under while they wait.

In some places, commuters can be seen standing in the shade provided by a lone bus-stop sign.

Indian expat Saraj, 32, who was waiting in a Khalidiya area bus shelter and works as an office boy at a private company, said: “I have been working with this company for two years and for this entire period of time I had been taking the bus from this very bus shelter to Airport Road and back. I have been standing in the unbearable heat every year, and I have no alternative but to do that because taxis are so unaffordable.” More info