Dubai has double the cars than London

By Vicky Kapur

Official figures announced yesterday by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) reveal that the emirate has 1.4 million registered vehicles for a city with an official population of 2.35 million.

The data suggests that the number of vehicles on Dubai roads has almost doubled since 2006, when there were about 740,000 vehicles registered in the city.

Emirates 24|7 had reported in 2011 about the number of vehicles surpassing the one-for-two milestone five years ago.

We had then highlighted that Dubai had more than 1 million registered vehicles serving 1.9 million residents, according to the 2010 RTA data published by the Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC).

The number of vehicles currently on Dubai roads suggests that the vehicles equal 540 for every 1,000 residents, implying that the emirate has more cars per person than New York (305 per 1,000) or London (213 per 1,000).

This trend clearly highlights the growing need for more, extensive means of public transport even as the Metro and Tram have slightly eased the congestion on Dubai roads. In addition, a growing number of taxis too help to limit the number of private cars on the roads. More info

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