The new Dubai-Muscat bus service.
PHOTO BY RTA
DUBAI – A new public bus service has been launched to make it easier for tourists or residents to travel between Dubai and Muscat for just Dh55.
The bus service was launched on Monday by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in cooperation with Oman’s National Transport Company (Mwasalat).
The Dubai-Muscat trip will take approximately six hours. A one-way trip costs Dh55 while a two-way trip costs Dh90.
The bus service on Route 201 will be available daily from 7:30am, 3:30pm and 11pm at Abu Hail Bus Station. Bus stops include Airport Terminal 2 at 7:45am, 3:45pm and 11:15pm, and at Rashidiya Bus Station at 8am, 4pm and 11:30pm.
Abu Hail Bus Station: 7:30am, 3:30pm and 11pm
Airport Terminal 2: 7:45am, 3:45pm and 11:15pm
Rashidiya Bus Station: 8am, 4pm and 11:30pm
Three buses have been allocated to the Dubai-Muscat route, with each bus capable of accommodating up to 50 passengers. There is free WiFi on board the buses.
From Muscat, the bus route will cover 11 bus stops, including Athiba Station, Muscat Airport, Burj Al Sahwa, Maabela, Barka, Musanah, Suwaiq, Khabura, Saham, Sohar, and Shinas before crossing the UAE border.
Passengers are expected to take care of visa requirements on the trip.
Tickets are initially available for purchase at bus stations, but the RTA said it will be looking at integrating payment with Nol cards and an online ticketing system.
Meanwhile, the new bus service received a warm welcome from the public. “It would be ideal for budget travelers who don’t mind long rides,” Ellen Joyce Soriano, a Dubai resident, told Expatmedia.net.
The frequent traveler said she would try the new bus service “for a different experience” and hoped to enjoy the scenic views on the trip to Muscat.
For the business community, the new bus service was welcome news.
“The direct transport link between Dubai and Muscat is definitely going to improve trade and tourism for both countries. It is certainly good news for us at Chicking as we have just opened our 17th branch in Oman as part of our expansion plans in the country,” said Maqbool Modi, Operations Director of UAE-based fast food chain Chicking.
Mohamed Sedky, general manager of Treppan Hotel & Suites by Fakhruddin, said he is optimistic that the bus route is going to open more channels for tourism and trade between Dubai and Muscat. GAD/Expat Media
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