New bus route from Dubai to Al Ain revealed by RTA

Explore the UAE's green city with the new half-hourly service

New bus route from Dubai to Al Ain revealed by RTA

If you want to explore a bit more of the UAE before summer fully sets in, a new bus service that runs direct to Al Ain might just be the perfect chance.

The new route – a joint partnership between Abu Dhabi's Department of Transport (DoT) and Dubai's RTA – will run every 30 minutes during peak times.

Expected to attract about 250,000 passengers each year, E201 will leave Al Ghubaiba Bus Station before stopping at various points in Dubai.

It will then arrive at Al Ain, which is perhaps the greenest city in the UAE.

Al Ain means the spring in English, and it was once a vital oasis on the caravan route from the UAE to Oman.

One of the most fascinating sites is the Al Ain Oasis, which was the UAE’s first Unesco World Heritage Site.

The Tourism and Culture Authority-run site holds a network of shaded walking trails that cut through 1,200 hectares of lush grounds.

More than 147,000 date palm trees are scattered throughout, producing more than 100 varieties of the fruit that plays such a significant role in the region.

Or head for the sandy-hued Al Jahili Fort, which is one of Al Ain’s most recognisable landmarks.

Visitors are free to explore the grounds at their leisure, and are even permitted to climb to the top for a great view of the surrounding palm groves.

Pricing details for the bus route have not yet been released, so keep an eye on the RTA website for more information.
Every 30 minutes. Al Ghubaiba Bus Station. For more details, go to rta.ae.

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