Direct bus services set to connect Abu Dhabi with Dubai's Expo 2020 site
Steps are being taken to improve the connectivity from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in time for Expo 2020.
Currently, there are two bus routes linking Abu Dhabi City with Dubai: One to Ibn Battuta and another to Al Ghubaiba bus station.
Ateeq Mohammed Al Mazrouei, director of operations, public transport sector at the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), is quoted in Khaleej Times as saying: “There will be new lines from Abu Dhabi city, which will connect the Abu Dhabi International Airport to Ibn Battuta bus station and Expo 2020. One service will start from the Marina Mall [in Abu Dhabi], another from Madinat Zayed and the third one from the airport. There will be one service from Al Ain too."
Al Mazrouei was speaking following the recent launch of a new route (E102) connecting the industrial area of Mussafah with Ibn Battuta in Dubai via Abu Dhabi International airport.
He admitted the new hourly bus service could be changed to a bus running on the route every 30 minutes.
He said: “Our operations team and the RTA will look into it. Even the frequency of services on routes will change as per demand. Instead of an hourly service, it may be brought down to 30 minutes.”
Mazrouei also said there may be a chance to operate a direct bus from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah in the future.
“There is no direct bus from here to Fujairah. But there is a service from Dubai to Fujairah. So anyone from Abu Dhabi who wishes to reach Fujairah can take a bus to Dubai and travel from there. But may be in the future, we will have a direct bus to Fujairah. We are working with the RTA for the benefit of all the emirates,” he said.