First cool bus shelters launch in Abu Dhabi


The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT) has completed the first 20 air-conditioned bus shelters in the emirate in line Plan 2030.

Two officials pose in front of one of Abu Dhabi's new bus shelters.
Two officials pose in front of one of Abu Dhabi's new bus shelters.

Open to the public from today, the shelters are part of the DoT’s programme to decrease reduce road congestion and encourage the use of public transport.

“We aim to make public transport the first choice for travel in the emirate and today’s opening of the first air-conditioned bus shelters marks a significant step forward,” said DoT’s Bus Office general manager Saeed Al Hameli.

“We believe this will not only increase current passenger satisfaction, but also persuade more people to consider taking the bus – meaning a greener, more sustainable and less-congested Abu Dhabi for everyone.”

Eighty more shelters are planned for the end of September, with a total of 550 shelters operational across the emirate by 2011.

Manufacturing of the first air-conditioned shelters began in April this year, with installation work starting in early June.

The completed shelters serve nine routes around the city and are predominantly located in Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al Maktoum Street, Old Airport Road, Al Dhafra Base, Hadbat Al Zafaran, Al Reehan, and Zayed Sport City.

The bus shelters maintain a temperature of between 22-24C for waiting passengers, and can sit eight people, plus one wheelchair user, with room for at least another eight people standing.

In May, the DoT invited bids for the feasibility study of the Abu Dhabi metro. This is due to begin in August and the selected firm would start by examining options for length, transport capacity and cost. by Sarah Blackman