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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

New designs for Dubai Expo 2020 bus stations revealed

Inspired by natural elements, the stations will be integrated into the emirate's bus network

A rendering of Al Ghubaiba bus station, that is part of transport expansion plans ahead of Expo 2020. Courtesy RTA
A rendering of Al Ghubaiba bus station, that is part of transport expansion plans ahead of Expo 2020. Courtesy RTA

New designs for bus stations that will be used as key assembly points to ferry thousands of visitors to Expo 2020 have been unveiled by the Roads and Transport Authority.

The plans for 14 new structures incorporates glass and metal to create a sense of airy openness. The bus stations, and a bus depot being constructed at Al Quoz, will be used during the expo to transport people in green buses to the activities and events, the RTA announced on Saturday.

After the world fair, the bus stations will be integrated into the Dubai bus network, according to a statement released on Wam, the state news agency.

This is part of the RTA's plans to encourage more people to use public transport during their daily commute. Specific routes and systems will be developed to take visitors from key assembly areas in Dubai to the site of Expo.

"The theme of the architectural design is inspired by natural elements from the UAE environment. It features a modern design style that combines the practical interior with the distinctive exterior appearance," said Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the RTA's board of executive directors while endorsing the final design on Saturday.

Locations for the stations have been selected to meet the needs of densely populated residential areas in the emirate.

Three permanent stations will be constructed at Business Bay, Jebel Ali and Al Baraha in addition to five temporary new stations at Dubai Silicon Oasis, Global Village, Meydan, Palm Jumeirah and Al Jadaf.

Fourteen new structures will be built in Dubai as part of transport expansion plans ahead of Expo 2020. Courtesy RTA
Fourteen new structures will be built in Dubai as part of transport expansion plans ahead of Expo 2020. Courtesy RTA

The project also includes the development of road networks and junctions for the expo. The Red Line on the Dubai Metro will also be extended by 15 kilometers from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of the expo.

The RTA will undertake work to improve six existing stations including Etisalat, Union Square, Al Ghubaiba and upgrade bus facilities at the Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai International Airport.

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