Roads and Transport Authority (Dubai)

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Roads and Transport Authority
Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Official Logo.png
Locale Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Number of lines 2
(Red and Green Line)
Daily ridership 1,475,000 (all modes)
Chief executive Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer (Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors)[1]
Headquarters Al Manara Center,
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
United Arab Emirates.
Began operation 2005

The Roads and Transport Authority (Arabic: هيئة الطرق والمواصلات‎‎), commonly known as RTA, is the major independent government transportation authority in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was founded in 2005 and is responsible for planning and executing transport or traffic projects, along with legislation and strategic plans of transportation in the city.[2][3] It is a department of the Government of Dubai.


RTA was established in 2005. It was launched by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Emir of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with the mission of developing integrated, sustainable and world-class transportation systems for residents of Dubai. In 2012, RTA's Dubai Metro was declared by Guinness World Records to be the world's longest fully automated driverless metro system with a route length of 75 kilometres (47 mi).[4][5][6]

Administration system[edit]

The RTA is led by Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Mattar Mohamed Al Tayer. The administration is divided into six different agencies or departments, each of which have their own directors and CEOs.[7][8]

  • Public Transport Agency
  • Marine Agency
  • Rail Agency
  • Traffic and Roads Agency
  • Licensing Agency
  • Dubai Taxi

Metro, buses and trams ridership[edit]

RTA is a sole public transportation service provider which includes the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, Abras, Dubai Bus, Dubai Water Bus, Water Taxi and Dubai Ferry along with Dubai Taxi and its authorized taxi companies.[9][10][11]

RTA operates approximately 1,442 buses on 107 routes, carrying almost 7 million riders on roughly 179,000 trips a month by the bus service; however the Dubai Metro is a driverless, fully automated metro rail system installed ubiquitously throughout the city. All trains and stations are air conditioned and equipped with and platform edge screen doors. The metro is divided into two lines, Red and Green; both lines together recorded a ridership of 164.3 million in 2014 as compared to 137.759 million in 2013 and 109.491 million in 2012.[12]

RTA launched a sophisticated automatic bus passenger counting system known as "Rasid" in 2015. The total ridership of Dubai’s public transport reached 531.350 million in 2014.[13]

Services and technology[edit]

RTA uses one of the most advanced and smartest technologies in the world for residents of Dubai. It has officially launched a mobile app for all services mentioned below.[14][15]

  • Nol Card
  • Smart Drive
  • Public transport
  • Drivers & vehicles
  • Smart parking
  • Smart taxi
  • Smart Salik
  • RTA Dubai
  • Wojhati
  • RTA corporate service app

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Paving The Way, TBY talks to HE Mattar Mohamed Al Tayer Retrieved The Business Year Magazine, 2015
  2. ^ Stephen Wilkins. Dubai Creek. Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2006. ISBN 1-905237-47-2. 
  3. ^ RTA profile on Thomson Reuters Zawya
  4. ^ Dubai in Guinness for longest driverless metro Retrieved Khaleej Times, February 22, 2012
  5. ^ His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, RTA Chairman Opens Gulf Traffic Retrieved Thomson Reuters Zawya, Dec 09, 2013
  6. ^ RTA, Dubai Municipality sign tram upkeep deal Retrieved Gulf News 19:46 December 28, 2014
  7. ^ "UAE Vice President launches Dubai Metro". Gulf News. 2009-09-09. 
  8. ^ RTA regulates casual parking of trucks in Dubai Retrieved Thomson Reuters Zawya, Monday, Jan 11, 2016
  9. ^ Over 440 million passengers used Dubai’s public transport in 2013 Retrieved 7DAYS | February 23, 2014
  10. ^ Lynne Roberts (24 April 2008). "$136mn tram system to link Downtown Burj Dubai". Arabian Business. 
  11. ^ Metro drives Dubai to hit a million mark Retrieved Emirates247 | Published Sunday, January 20, 2013
  12. ^ RTA records ridership of over 531m in 2014 Retrieved Khaleej Times, January 26, 2015
  13. ^ RTA monitors bus ridership through automated counter system Retrieved WAM Emirates News Agency, 06/04/2015 03:24:00 PM
  14. ^ RTA launches Smart Taxi app in Dubai Retrieved: Khaleej Times Published on October 14, 2014
  15. ^ RTA to redevelop Gold Souq bus station Retrieved Thomson Reuters Zawya, Monday, Jan 11, 2016

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