Report on Evolution of Transportation Infrastructure in UAE

The recent years have brought a torrent of development opportunities as well as newer additions to modern transport infrastructure in UAE. The evolution of such infrastructure has been witnessed at multiple levels. All the areas of transportation including road transport, metro transport, ferry services, and the airline industry have upgraded over time providing advanced and convenient transport services to people. Several factors like economic development, overall development of infrastructure, and the future goals aligned to the Vision 2020. Dubai has been the center for growth of infrastructural facilities on a worldwide stage. Evolution of the transport systems is an ever-present sign of a developing county. The evolution of the transport infrastructure can be observed through individual transport systems. (UAE Government, 2015)
The bus transport systems of UAE provide comfortable seating and many modern essential amenities also providing special seats for the disabled people. Buses also accept payment for tickets through cards and cash. Certain buses also provide Wi-Fi facilities to passengers due to their increasing needs. Air-conditioned buses are also available in both cities of Dubai ad Abu Dhabi.
The infrastructure of the bus system developed further with the introduction of the world’s first zero-emission electric bus. This new addition to the bus system was brought forward by the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC). This implementation of modern technology was due to the adherence of TDIC to global sustainability standards. These types of buses were introduced in the year 2010. These buses run completely run on electricity. They have been introduced to circulate in the Sir Bani Yas Island but there have been plans about introducing this system at a larger level. (Clean Middle East, 2015)
This is a 30 million USD venture which has been established in a 100,000 square feet plant. This project has been initiated as a joint venture with Designline Corporation. This bus consumes no fossil fuels and exerts zero emissions. There have been plans to hold official talks and establish contracts with the Roads and transport authority (RTA) and the Department of Transport (DOT) repetively from Dubai and Abu Dhabi in order to shape the future of bus transport infrastructure of UAE with these non-polluting local bus service in the UAE. UAE has been trying to focus more on sustainable energy sources and the introduction of such facilities takes UAE on step closer to achieving fuel independency. (Streamline arketing Group, 2015)
The Metro system of UAE is an integral part of its transport system and an epitome of its transport infrastructure capabilities. It was inaugurated in September 2009 along with becoming the first metro system in the Arab Gulf States. The introduction of Metro Services was a critical step due to the increasing population and the amount of outsiders moving to UAE due to the growing business opportunities. The project of Metro system was under taken by Dubai Rail Link which is a union of four companies including Mitsubishi. (Railway, 2015)
The Metro became integrated with the Roads and Transport Authority and became a critical limb of the transport system of UAE in the year 2005. With the ongoing system with two running lines, other additional lines are a work in progress. The plan in progress for the Dubai Metro system is to have a circulation of 320 kilometers active by the year 2020 as a part of the Vision 2020. This will make the Dubai Metro system the world’s longest driverless metro system. This depicts the vast potential of UAE’s infrastructural development capabilities. (Railway, 2015)
The metro system presently includes two lines named the red line and the green line. The red line covers a distance of 52 kilometers and passes through a total of 29 stations of which 4 are underground stations. The red line has a circulation of 32,000 passengers every hour. The green line of the Dubai metro covers a distance of 23 meters sharing two stations with the red line. There are future plans of establishing more efforts and ideas on the metro system with the extension of the existent red and green lines. (Badam, 2013)
The architecture instilled on the metro system shows the infrastructural capabilities of UAE. The tracks have been designed in such a way that they do not cross the highway which ensures full mode segregation. The underground stations do not impact other buildings and include platform screen doors. This metro system also has the facility of air conditioning along with the safety measures. Taxi services are also the carried out near every station. The next addition to the metro system are the blue and the yellow lines.
The ferry service is also an essential cog of the transport network of UAE. The ferry service has its circulation amongst 3 terminals which are Al Mamzar, Dubai Marina and Al Ghubaiba. It was introduced in the year 2011. The recent plans include the addition of two new stations which include Festival city and Al Jaddaf. (Halligan, 2014)
The expansion plans are both aimed to increase convenience for marine passenger transport and as a tourist attraction as a unique viewpoint to witness Dubai City. There is a monthly circulation of 7,900 passengers through the ferry. The expansion required in the ferry service can be done conveniently due to the quality and accessibility of infrastructure available. (Badam, 2014)
Collectively UAE has been developing on all fronts but the development of transport capabilities through the infrastructure are both necessary and a notable development aspect in UAE. The development of Infrastructure in the transport department are beneficial for both the residents are appealing and convenient for the tourists.
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March 7, 2018

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