Which is worst for traffic congestion, Dubai or Abu Dhabi?

Which is worst for traffic congestion, Dubai or Abu Dhabi?
Published: 18 June 2019 - 9:45 a.m.
By: Logistics Middle East Staff

TomTom, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Partner of RoadSafetyUAE released the results of the TomTom Traffic Index, a report detailing the traffic situation in 403 cities in 56 countries around the world.

Mumbai takes the top spot this year with drivers in the Indian city expecting to spend an average of 65% extra travel time stuck in traffic. Next in the global rankings are Colombian capital, Bogota (63%), Lima in Peru (58%), New Delhi in India (58%) and Russian Capital, Moscow (56%), making up the top five most congested cities in the world.


But how do Dubai and Abu Dhabi fare? According to the data, Abu Dhabi ranks 396 with a congestion level of 11% extra travel time stuck in traffic (unchanged vs. 2017), while Dubai ranks 202 with a congestion level of 23% (with a positive trend -4% vs. 2017).

Traffic in Dubai is worst during the evening rush hour rather than the morning, according to TomTom, with a congestion level at morning travel peak of 34% versus 48% in the evening. The majority of congestion occurs on the roads, rather than the highways, with congestion level highways: 18% and non-highways: 28%.

Traffic congestion has increased globally during the last decade, and nearly 75% of the cities TomTom includes in the new Traffic Index report had increased or stable congestion levels between 2017 and 2018, with only 90 cities showing measurable decreases.


Ralf-Peter Schäfer, TomTom’s VP of Traffic information, said: “Globally, traffic congestion is rising. And that’s both good, and bad, news. It’s good because it indicates a strong global economy, but the flip side is drivers wasting time sitting in traffic, not to mention the huge environmental impact.”

“At TomTom, we’re working towards a future where vehicles are electric, shared and autonomous so that our future really is free of congestion and emissions,” he added. “We have the technology to make this future happen – but it takes a collaborative effort. From road authorities, to governments; car makers to car drivers, we all have a part to play.”

People can find out more about the TomTom Traffic Index, and discover where their home city ranks at http://www.tomtom.com/traffic-index. There’s also helpful advice on beating traffic congestion.

The Traffic Index website has been revamped so it is easier than ever to explore city statistics and insights – as well as real-time, live traffic information.

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