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Dubai to build rest areas for couriers

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will build air-conditioned rest areas for couriers. The main aim of the initiative is to improve road safety.

Forty such stations will be opened in key areas of the city to provide a comfortable resting environment for couriers while waiting for new orders. This will lead to a reduction in road accidents and increased satisfaction of delivery workers.

RTA has already completed two rest areas in Al Barsha and the rest are planned to be built in three phases. All rest areas are expected to be operational by July 2024.

According to the construction plan, several rest areas are planned to be built in Arabian Ranches, International City, Business Bay, Al Quoz, Al Karama, Al Satwa, Al Jaddaf, Mirdif, as well as other areas in the emirate.

Each seating area will be equipped with a snack vending machine, water cooler and mobile phone charging station. They will accommodate up to 10 people at a time and will also be equipped with car parking.

“Road safety is a top priority and the RTA is committed to implementing the strategy developed for the emirate, designed to put Dubai at the global forefront of road safety,” said Mattar Al Tayer, CEO and Chairman of the RTA’s Board of Executive Directors.

Thousands of couriers from Deliveroo, Noon, Talabat and other companies deliver F&B and other orders to different areas of the city every day. The new zones will allow motorbike drivers to take a full rest between orders. The number of companies offering motorbike delivery services in Dubai has grown to 2,891 in 2022, a 40 per cent increase from the previous year.

Source: Khaleej Times

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