Wifi on the go for more Dubai-Abu Dhabi buses

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By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: It’s fast, it’s reliable and it is here to stay. Wifi services recently introduced on some Dubai-Abu Dhabi buses will become a permanent feature from next year, a senior Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official said.

     Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/Gulf News     Passengers make use of the Wi-Fi facility in a bus operating between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/Gulf News Passengers make use of the Wi-Fi facility in a bus operating between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The service is currently available on five buses after being launched on a trial basis but will soon be extended to five more buses.

“The trial period will end in December and, with the response to the facility being overwhelming, we are going to continue the Wifi connectivity and will continue to add the service to more buses,” said Adel Shakeri, director of IT services at RTA’s Public Transport Agency, as he took a ride with Gulf News on a Wifi-enabled bus to Abu Dhabi.

He said the internet connectivity, along with the catering service, is intended to give the inter-city bus services a “five-star” feel. “It’s a five-star hospitality we are offering to the commuters for no extra charge. The facilities have already played an important role in attracting new passengers on buses and it will get better as time passes,” he added. More info