New Abu Dhabi-Dubai bus route launched
A new bus route (E102) launched recently will connect the industrial area of Mussafah with Ibn Battuta in Dubai via the Abu Dhabi International Airport. This will come as a major relief to families living in suburban areas of Mussafah as they will no longer have to travel to the Abu Dhabi central bus station in the city to board a bus for Dubai.
Ateeq Mohammed Al Mazrouei, director of operations, public transport sector at the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), said the inclusion of the airport in the Mussafah Shabiya bus station-Ibn Battuta bus station route is part of “larger transport connectivity plans” for next year.
“This is a new service, which will help serve the community in a better way. This is operated in cooperation between the ITC, the Department of Transport (DoT) Abu Dhabi and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Dubai. The service runs on a frequency of one hour. We made the suggestion to include the airport. It was done with the Expo 2020 in mind and as part of the cooperation between the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.”
Depending on the demand, the Abu Dhabi City-Dubai services will be connected with the airport, too. Currently, there are two bus routes from the Abu Dhabi City: One to Ibn Battuta and another to Al Ghubaiba bus station. “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.”
Services to Expo 2020 planned
Preparations are underway in Abu Dhabi to enhance connectivity between Abu Dhabi and Dubai ahead of the Expo 2020. “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, another from Madinat Zayed and the third one from the airport. There will be one service from Al Ain, too,” said Al Mazrouei.
Moreover, as part of the expansion plans, a bus service was introduced from Abu Dhabi to Ajman earlier this month.
“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 maybe in the future, we will have a direct bus to Fujairah. We are working with the RTA for the benefit of all the emirates,” Al Mazrouei added.
E102 bus route
>Mussafah Shabiya Bus Station
>Al Najah Private School
>Al Ain University of Science and Technology
>Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 1 and 3
>Ibn Battuta Metro Station