Dubai’s mass transit system use soaring
Dubai's urban infrastructure has expanded dramatically over the years to accommodate rapid growth in population and traffic.
In 2007 there were 1.53 million people living in the emirate compared with 2.21 million last year, representing a growth of 44 per cent.
Dubai's growth has been driven by major developments like the Dubai Metro , Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City, Business Bay, Sports city, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Village.
Over the next six years, RTA’s major focus is to cater to the requirements of Expo 2020, developing road networks leading to the Expo site as well as building public transport infrastructure, including the extension of the Dubai Metro, and providing parking areas and internal roads/walkways.
One of the landmark projects that will be ready before Expo 2020 will be the Dubai Canal development, which extends Deira Creek from Business Bay to Jumeirah, converting Bur Dubai into an island ringed by Deira Creek.
The 3km-long canal will span more than 8,000 square metres of development, including pedestrian-only areas and footbridges, and is due for completion in 2016.
The RTA has also developed a Dubai Bicycle Master Plan with plans to develop 850km of strategic bikeways in Dubai by 2030. So far it has completed 130km of cycle tracks in Jumeirah.