Nearly 1.5m use public transport on Dubai NYE

Roads and Transport Authority says Dubai Metro had more than 500,000 passengers

(AFP/Getty Images)

(AFP/Getty Images)

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed that the number of commuters who used public transport on New Year's Eve clocked 1.45m persons.

Dubai Metro accounted for the lion's share with ridership touching new heights, as the number of passengers hit 587,542, a record since its launch of operations in 2009.

Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall, Business Bay and Financial Centre stations accounted for the highest number of commuters, as these stations combined served 506,813 passengers.

The number of public bus riders reached 322,066 passengers whereas the marine transit modes were used by about 40,000 passengers.

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Posted by: Aljo

I just don't understand why they would have to skip Burj Khalifa metro station at new year's eve. They could have made the stops every other train or every 3 trains. It was very tiring to walk all the way from Business Bay metro station or Financial Center metro station. And as from my observation, people from metro stations past Union metro station were hard up or was never given a chance to get on the train because the train was already full. I don't know what RTA should have done or could have done better this year. But I hope there was a more solid strategy than this. And going home was far worst than going to Burj Khalifa. It was like a stampede is in the air waiting to erupt. It was scary. All the people were pushing and there were no people to supervise the queue to go inside the metro. The police were just blowing their whistles and making sign language. There wasn't even a megaphone so that people could hear what the policeman was saying. It was chaos! But what can we do? :(

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