Cheaper and feaster: Student opt for metro to get to class


By By Faisal Masudi, Staff Reporter, Xpress

Dubai:  Students of a Dubai university have dumped car rides to take the Metro to get to class.

Image Credit: Karen Dias
Image Credit: Karen Dias

The switch was made possible in September when the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) rolled out a free bus service between Dubai Metro’s Mall of the Emirates station and the campus at Knowledge Village.

Around 300 students now make the seven- to 12-minute trip, which will be slashed by almost half when another much closer station opens opposite Dubai Media City, a neighbour of the college hub.

“It used to take me two hours to get to class from my home near Deira City Centre; I had to take two public transport buses,” said Liliya Khasanshina, a student. “It takes around 40 minutes now. Plus it’s cheap: Dh8 per day, both ways. I have classes three days a week.”

Another student from India, said: “It’s stress-free. Why deal with traffic? Besides, the Metro and the [UOWD] bus are always on time. And I don’t have to worry about petrol or parking space.”

Raymi van der Spek, UOWD’s Vice-President for Administration, said: “We launched the shuttle service in support of RTA’s [Roads and Transport Authority] campaign to encourage people to switch to the Metro. We are overwhelmed by the response from our students.”