Dubai: Residents pay up to Dh350 extra after the Metro E-Scooter Ban

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

These electric scooters, typically utilized for short distances between residential areas and metro stations, offered commuters a convenient and environmentally friendly mode of transport.

Adem Olu Sanyado, a resident of Al Nahda in Sharjah, used an e-scooter for his daily commute from home to Stadium Metro Station. He would then continue his journey to the office by e-scooter after disembarking at Abu Bakr Siddique metro station. However, following the ban on e-scooters in the metro, Adem now faces a 25-minute walk from Abu Bakar Siddique metro station to his office, causing inconvenience and increased travel time.

The ban, implemented from March 1, has left micro-mobility users in Dubai seeking alternative transportation methods. Many residents, like Sofia Mary Kanlas, now rely on more expensive options such as taxis for their last-mile journeys. Sofia, a receptionist in Business Bay, spends over Dh15 for a single trip from the Business Bay metro station to her office, resulting in a significant monthly expenditure solely on last-mile travel. This situation is compounded by challenges like overcrowded buses and long waiting times during peak hours, leading to frustration and wasted time for commuters.

Zain Mohamed, a businessman residing in Al Nahda, Dubai, invested in a new e-scooter and parked it at his business establishment due to the ban. He emphasizes the essential role of e-scooters for short-distance travel within the business district, lamenting the disruption caused by the ban to daily routines. Unable to bring e-scooters from home anymore, many residents like Zain face difficulties in accessing essential services and navigating their neighborhoods efficiently.

Overall, the ban on e-scooters inside Dubai Metro and Tram stations has significantly impacted commuters who relied on these devices for their daily travel needs, prompting challenges in last-mile connectivity and increasing dependence on more costly transportation alternatives.

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