More and more people around the world are moving to cities and urban areas. Therefore, pressures on urban infrastructure will come to define the next 100 years of human existence.
In the UAE, governments have been moving forward with a variety of infrastructure projects to help our emirates operate more efficiently with better public transport. One of the most successful infrastructure projects, the Dubai Metro, just celebrated its seventh anniversary.
Over the course of its lifetime, the Metro has completed more than 830 million passenger journeys. That is 830 million journeys using public transport instead of a private car. The result has been less traffic in Dubai and greater ease of movement for residents and tourists alike.
The positive effect that the Metro has had on the city is not lost on urban planners and has resulted in plans to extend the Red Line by 16 kilometres from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of the Expo 2020.
There are other places where Metro expansion could have a major effect. Connecting Dubai to Sharjah would dramatically improve traffic conditions between the two emirates. In fact, the challenges of Sharjah traffic are an example of what Dubai would be like without a metro system.
With more and more people moving to Sharjah but working in Dubai, the creation of a metro link would alleviate stress on the road system – and on drivers. More info