Public and Freight Transport United Arab Emirates

Name of policy Public and Freight Transport
Jurisdiction Subnational region or state
Supranational region
Country United Arab Emirates
Region Asia

Subnational region or state
City or local
Policy objective
  • Mitigation
Type of policy instrument
  • Economic Instruments
    • Direct investment
      • Infrastructure investments
  • Policy support
    • Strategic planning
    Sector name
    • Transport
      • Heavy duty vehicles
      • Rail
      • Shipping
    Policy description "Bus transportation is the primary focus of public transport investments in the UAE, with ridership growing by more than 500% since 2009. Dubai recorded 367 million public transport journeys in 2012, including 109 million rides on the Dubai metro, the region's first light rail system. Abu Dhabi recorded over 65 million public transport journeys in 2012 and is exploring a light rail system. A freight rail network, crossing all 7 emirates and integrated into the GCC network, is planned to be in place by 2017, representing over US$11 billion in investment."


    Policy type
    • Changing activity1
    Policy stringency
    Implementation state Implemented
    Date of decision
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    Comments (background and assessment) 17 November: Policy description added (from IEA database). NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS APPEARS UNDER "MODAL SHIFT".
    Status Final

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