Dubai to boost flexible working, bus routes to ease traffic congestion

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Expanding flexible working hours and remote work policies in the public and private sectors have been announced by Dubai Executive Council in plans to tackle traffic congestion in the city.

Projects also include developing priority public bus routes to improve trip times by up to 59 per cent and a policy to encourage children to use school transport, which will help improve traffic flow around schools by 13 per cent. 

The plans are part of a number of projects announced to further strengthen Dubai’s position as a leading catalyst for economic growth, a destination for global tourism, and a pivotal transport hub.

Chairing the meeting at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) exhibition taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai said, “Dubai is investing in the future and is leading global tourism following His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s announcement to build the world’s largest airport with an AED128 billion investment and a capacity for 260 million passengers annually.

“Dubai represents a bridge between North, South, East and West. It provides state-of-the-art infrastructure for companies, setting the foundation for global expansion.”

The Executive Council also approved the Community Participation Policy, which supports the Dubai Social Agenda 33 by increasing community participation in shaping policy, legislation and government services.

The move aims to improve the quality of services by aligning them more closely with community needs and expectations, which will be identified through enhanced public engagement to benefit the quality of life of all Dubai residents.

His Highness stressed the importance of community participation in designing the future of Dubai, saying: “We aim to achieve balanced economic and social development through placing people at the heart of progress and by engaging Dubai’s community in designing its future.”

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