61% of them travel by metro and bus

1.7 million passengers per day use mass and shared transport and taxi in Dubai

  • Dubai Metro passenger numbers increased last year. From the source

  • Matar Al Tayer: "35% increase in the number of passengers in 2022, compared to 2021. And he practiced the highest at 62 million."


Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that the number of users of mass transport in Dubai, which includes the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, public transport buses, marine transport (abras, ferry, water taxi and water bus), shared mobility (e-booking vehicles, smart rental vehicles, and buses on demand), in addition to taxis (Dubai Taxi and franchise companies), reached about 621.4 million passengers, in 2022, recording a growth of 35%, compared to about 461 million passengers in 2021, while the average The number of mass transit, shared mobility and taxi users last year was about 1.7 million, compared to 1.3 million in 2021.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai, confirmed the significant growth in the number of mass transport users in 2022, and the increase in the share of Dubai Metro's acquisition of the total number of passengers by 3%, and maritime transport by 1%, noting that «Dubai Metro accounted for the largest percentage of the number of users of mass transport, shared mobility and taxis in 2022, by 36% compared to 33% in 2021, while the share of taxi contribution decreased to 30% compared to about 34% in 2021," he said, adding that it is "a good indicator in the shift of passengers towards the use of mass transit that transports more passengers."

Al Tayer added that the percentage of public transport bus users reached 25%, and the percentage of marine transport users increased from 2% in 2021 to 3% in 2022, while shared transport and the Dubai Tram maintained their share in the number of users, with 5% for shared transportation and 1% for Dubai Tram.

He explained that March last year recorded the highest rate of passengers, with nearly 62 million passengers carried.

This coincided with the conclusion of Expo 2020 Dubai, and December came second with 57 million passengers, and the number of passengers in the rest of the months ranged between 46 and 56 million passengers, noting that the total number of trips for mass transportation, shared mobility and taxis during the past year amounted to 129 million trips, including more than 105 million trips for taxis, 18.5 million for shared transportation, more than four million trips for buses, 936 thousand trips for marine transport, and more than 450,99 trips for the Dubai Metro, and about <>,<> trips for trams.

October recorded the highest number of flights, with 11.9 million flights, followed by March with 11.8 million flights, and flights in the rest of the months ranged between 9.7 million and 11.6 million flights.

Figures issued by the Statistics and Data Analysis Section of the Unified Control Department showed that the number of users of the Dubai Metro on its red and green lines reached 225.1 million passengers in 2022, and BurJuman and Etihad stations, which are joint stations on the red and green lines, accounted for the largest share in the number of passengers on the Dubai Metro last year, as the number of passengers at Burjuman station for the red and green lines reached 13 million, while the number of passengers at the "Union" station for the red and green lines reached 10.8 million passengers, and on the red line. Al Rigga station recorded the largest number of passengers with a total of 9.9 million passengers, followed by Mall of the Emirates station with 9.6 million passengers, Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall station with 8.8 million passengers, Business Bay station with 8.5 million passengers, and on the green line, Sharaf DG station ranked first in the number of passengers with 7.7 million passengers, followed by Bani Yas station with 7.3 million passengers, Stadium station third with 5.6 million passengers, Salah Al Din station with 5.3 million passengers, and Al Ghubaiba station. with 4.9 million passengers.

Last year, the Dubai Tram carried 7.5 million passengers, while public buses carried 157.3 million passengers, and the number of users of marine transport, which includes abras, water bus, water taxi and Dubai Ferry, reached about 16 million passengers.

Shared mobility carried 32.5 million passengers last year, while taxis in Dubai carried 183 million.

Culture of the population

The results and indicators of the number of users of mass transport, shared mobility, and taxis confirm the effectiveness of the plans and programs implemented by the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai, in providing different types of means of transportation that meet the needs of residents and visitors to the Emirate of Dubai, as well as the integration of the elements of the mass transport system with each other, as it has become the backbone of the movement of residents and visitors in various regions of the emirate. This system has succeeded in bringing about a change and development in the culture of the population of all segments towards the use of public transport, as the strategic and executive plans for roads and transport under which the authority operates are based on the principle of integration to achieve smoothness and ease of movement in the Emirate of Dubai.