Deal struck with du to encourage more people to use public transport
Bus passengers in Abu Dhabi will soon be able to enjoy free WiFi, in a move designed to encourage more people onto public transport.
A deal has been struck between the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du) which will see the technology initially installed in ten buses in Abu Dhabi, as well as in the main bus station in the city and in one of the air-conditioned bus shelters.
The project will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2020 when the service will be available in all 520 buses, the main bus stations and in all air-conditioned bus shelters.
Mohammed Hamad Al Muhairi, executive director of public transport at the ITC, said: "The introduction of WiFi on public transport buses helps to make them popular means of transport by providing sophisticated and modern facilities."
Currently, the service is available on the following routes: Route 43, connecting major areas of Abu Dhabi from the Corniche Hospital to Al Mushrif Mall via Corniche Street, Electra Street, Qasr Al Hosn, Airport Road, Al Falah Street, Al Karama, Alwazarat bridge, Airport Road, and Mushrif.
Route 41, connecting the Corniche Hospital to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center via Hamdan Street, Airport Road, the Pepsi Factory, and the Zayed Military Hospital.
Route A1, connecting the Abu Dhabi Airport City Terminal to Abu Dhabi International Airport.
To operate the service, bus passengers must activate WiFi on their device and choose to connect to Emirates Wifi by du in order to receive a text message with a passcode. Passengers enter the code and can immediately enjoy the service as per the terms and conditions.