The United Arab Emirates has one of the fastest growing cities around the globe. Therefore, offering an enhanced transport system for the residents of the UAE has been a high objective of the administration, which is evident from its strong intention to improve the public transport amenities and develop the roads across the UAE to make transport links safer and faster. Road and Transport Authority is the body accountable for planning and offering the implementation of the necessities of roads, transport & traffic between Dubai and other cities of the UAE. There are numerous forms of transport in the country. These comprise buses, cars, trains, and planes among others. However, the most frequently used means of transport is cars. This paper seeks to analyze cars as a type of transportation in the United Arab Emirates.
The most serious cause of concern in the UAE is traffic congestion, particularly intensive in the cities like Dubai, which brings a loss of Dh5 billion out of the Dh150 billion GDP annually. The UAE has a proprietorship car level of 550 cars per one thousand of the population. This even surpasses the heavily congested with traffic cities like London, New York and Singapore. If this proceeds, it is obvious that there will be approximately six million registered cars in the UAE by the year 2020 (Zheng & Hensher, 2011). Cars in the UAE are mostly used in the cities, for instance in Dubai, but they are also utilized rather often outside the cities, in rural and semi-rural areas. Car transport has been divided into various categories entailing predominantly private cars, and taxi cars among others. Dubai, for instance, has a widespread taxi organization; which is regarded by far the most frequently used form of public transport within the UAE. There are both government-managed and secluded cab firms.
Using a car to travel is a good way to enjoy the secrecy and convenience. Nonetheless, just like with any other means of transportation, using a car will not continuously satisfy your merit as it can also have some drawbacks. The following are some of the most evident advantages of using a car as a way of commuting around the UAE. Firstly, if one is using his or her own car, there is an obvious assurance of flexibility. This is convenient because one can plan the route without consultation, haste or dependence on the schedules of others, unlike the one using buses or other means of transport (Walton, Thomas & Cenek, 2014). With cars, it is not necessary to book and buy the tickets for train journeys, flights and buses. Additionally, there is more freight security when using cars. It is possible to always keep the luggage safe and at hand in where no one can interfere with it because the traveler has a full control of the car. Similarly, travelling by use of a car the delays experienced when using public means like buses are easily avoided. In short, one is in full control of their itinerary when on their own transport. Cars also offer a relative level of comfortability compared to other travel means, for example to the elderly or the people travelling with children. These are the diverse advantages possibly obtained when traveling by private cars.
However, cars have also been faced with certain disadvantages. One of the major drawbacks of cars is being costly. This can be caused by a gasoline price and replacing the car parts when they are no longer appropriate for the usage, for example wheels or more frequently tires. Driving cars for long distances can be tiresome and can cause delays when travelling to new places, which have never been visited, because of the constant need to ask for directions (Stephen, 2016).
The majority of investigations on transport propose that more effectual civic transport would not limit car usage, as a private car is more than mere transport. A private vehicle or a public car, that is a taxi, provides individuality regarding routes, time and stops, as well as avoids the need to predict or handle vicissitudes. The UAE government is purposefully trying their best to curb the car transport business and even prevent private cars from or limit the number of those occupying most of the highways in big cities claiming they are causing a traffic congestion issue. The car transport management can be properly enhanced by the UAE government by simply setting more parking locations for the cars (McFadden, 2012). Similarly, the roads need to be improved and expanded to accommodate a larger number of vehicles, both the public buses and the cars to ease the congestion.
Car transport, like in the multitude of densely populated regions of the planet, is also linked with certain problems in the UAE. Currently, people are using more cars, which contribute to the excess of traffic on the highway, pollution, and even stiff jams. These problems mostly occur in more populated, particularly in the cities. The only way to solve this issue is encouraging the people accustomed to driving to make frequently use of the public transport, including trains or buses instead of using their cars. Using the public means will also be significantly cheaper. Firstly, the individuals do not have to purchase their personal vehicles. When it comes to the issue of charges, the fare for buses or trains is more reasonable than the travel cost for private cars. Therefore, while using civic transportation the commuters do not have to spend a lot of cash on fuel that they have to fill the cars tanks with (McFadden, 2012). Similarly, they do not have the necessity to search for a location to park their cars and most probably pay for it too. Furthermore, utilizing fewer cars protects and saves peoples health and benefits the environment as well. It subsequently leads to less air contamination since carbon dioxide emitted from numerous cars is therefore reduced. Moreover, there will be no stiff traffic jams since people use more civic transportation means.
Dubai is one of the cities where car transport is highly valued as most business people, who are numerous there, are using cars because of their speed, comfort, convenience and most importantly the security of themselves and their cargo. There is an extensive network of car usage in Dubai where the majority of the residents own private cars (Davidson, 2008). Dubai city has experienced a traffic jam problem recently because of the increased car usage. This phenomenon in Dubai has also led to high gas emissions causing more air pollution within the city. However, the government is highly opposing the matter by curbing the population from using private cars to ease the urban traffic.
My life will change in various ways by the enhancements in transport. Firstly, there is a lot of improvement in the transport sector nowadays, Such as the introduction of electric vehicles that work without using fuel. This, therefore, means there will be less air pollution. The improvements in road infrastructures are also increasing the standards of living by facilitating the possibility of many vehicles to use roads more effectively, hence reducing traffic congestion and saving time for the passengers or business people. My life will be different because there is currently a good transport network enabling me to do business conveniently and effectively. Commuting from one place to another has been easy because of the availability of airplanes. This gives an opportunity to fly from the USA to the UK within a day and do business much faster.
In the future, it is clearly evident that I will use a mix of transport types for various reasons. For instance, a car cannot carry bulky products because of the space restrictions, maximum weight limit and the lack of a cars engine power.
In the future, flights will also be necessary in order to save time and most likely even more than they are today. Travelling from one country to another on business cannot and will not be done by use of a car, as it significantly slows the key processes, such as the negotiations or contract signing, being rather time-consuming and thus unacceptable. Ferrying bulky products may necessitate the use of a train or lorry (Davidson, 2008). Additionally, due to the increasing price of car fuels it will be required to use public means like buses to commute and avoid costs over-expenditure. Hence, a mix of transportation is and will be needed and utilized in the days to come.
There are multiple reasons why I chose to analyze car transport issues in the UAE. To begin with, currently car transport is the most common type of transport in the world and in the UAE in particular. The majority of people have purchased personal cars to use as a daily form of transport. There are also plenty of justifications why the prevailing bulk of people prefer using cars to other means of transport. The majority of the individuals consider cars because of their favorable convenience when compared to buses or trains (Zheng & Hensher, 2011). Security is also a major factor for choosing cars. Cars save time in contrast to public means. As a consequence, the rate of the number of cars people own is incomparably higher than the number of public buses on the road.
In conclusion, car transport has changed the lives of the many, including me, for a great variety of reasons. The transport sector has been enhanced by the rapid increase of cars on the roads. Business has also been facilitated by the upsurge of cars in operation. People have the feeling of security of their cargo since cars carry a maximum of four passengers who know each other, making it easy to control the passengers luggage. People can effectively commute without having to book tickets in advance unlike with the public means like buses, planes, trains or ships.