Dubai to build air-conditioned rest areas for delivery riders


Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will build 40 air-conditioned rest areas for delivery riders in key parts of the city.

It will be equipped with a snack dispenser, water cooler and mobile phone charging station, and offer riders a place to relax while waiting for their next order.

Each area will be able to accommodate up to 10 people, depending on the district, and will have ample parking spaces for motorcycles nearby.

So far, two rest areas have been built in Al Barsha, with the remaining ones scheduled for construction in three phases.

Additionally, more rest areas are planned for Arabian Ranches, International City, Business Bay, Al Quoz, Al Karama, Al Satwa, Al Jaddaf and Mirdif.

These areas, the authority added, were identified following the analysis of operational data and demand.

"All rest areas are expected to be operational by July 2024," announced Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, adding that the move aims to "provide a proper working environment for delivery riders" given the substantial growth of the delivery business in recent years.

The number of companies offering motorcycle delivery services in Dubai grew to 2,891 in 2022, which represents a 40 per cent increase compared to the previous year.

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