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Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa will be welcoming in 2012 with a spectacular fireworks display at the stroke of midnight. Tonight, Emaar Properties, the Burj Khalifa’s development company, is expecting hundreds of thousands if visitors to what has become the focal point for Dubai’s New Year’s Eve festivities.
The multi-purpose card will enable customers to use their Visa debit and Visa credit cards to pay for a range of public transport fares, including the Metro, buses, water taxis and even parking fees. Through the combi-card, customers can utilise both the payments functions of their debit/credit cards, as well as the Nol smart card that features innovative contactless payment technology, it was announced in April.
The mass transit system in Dubai witnessed an improvement in the quality and number of means used to deliver services to passengers and the number of public transport users (metro, buses, marine transit modes and taxis) is expected to rise from 250 million in 2009 and 289 million passengers in 2010 to as much as 350 million passengers by the end of this year.
Walking to work and cycling to work can help encourage people to using public transport, said a senior officer from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The Emirate of Dubai is pursuing a target of at least 30 per cent of the use of public transport by the year 2020.
By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter www.gulfnews.com Dubai: Express bus routes have been launched along the Dubai Metro Red Line to provide immediate alternative transport...