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Dubai's New Traffic Strategy to Adopt Remote Work and Flexible Hours to Ease Congestion

The new traffic flow plan also includes development of priority public bus routes to reduce trip times

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Published on May 9, 2024, 11:35:48

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Dubai's latest traffic strategy aims to enhance the flow of traffic by implementing flexible working hours and remote work policies across both public and private sectors. The objective is to alleviate traffic congestion throughout Dubai.

The specifics of how and when this policy will be put into action remain unclear. Earlier, authorities in Dubai conducted a comprehensive survey to gather insights into how flexible hours and remote working could alleviate traffic, particularly during peak periods.

Dubai's offices already possess the necessary digital infrastructure to enable remote work for employees during emergencies. Following the heavy rainfall experienced in mid-April and early May, both private and government sector offices transitioned to online operations, allowing employees to work from home.

In addition to remote work initiatives, the traffic flow plan approved by the Executive Council on Wednesday includes the development of priority public bus routes to reduce trip times by up to 59 per cent. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) previously announced plans to expand Dubai's network of dedicated bus lanes to over 20km, with completion expected between 2025 and 2027.

Moreover, the traffic flow plan encompasses the formulation of a policy to encourage the use of school transport by students, which is projected to enhance traffic flow around schools by 13 per cent.

The Executive Council approved these measures as Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed chaired the meeting during the Arabian Travel Market at the World Trade Centre.

Furthermore, the council endorsed a policy aimed at enhancing community involvement in shaping policies, legislation, and government services. The initiative seeks to enhance service quality by aligning them more closely with community needs and expectations identified through increased public engagement.

The policy intends to foster collaboration among various stakeholders to enhance the quality of life for all Dubai residents.

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