Dubai to launch public e-scooters on October 26

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Starting Monday, October 26, a new e-scooter service will be available for commuters in Dubai.

The e-scooter service that will be rolled out on Monday marks the start of a year-long trial run. During this period, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will be evaluating whether the scooters are here to stay.

E-scooters will be trialled in five zones: At the Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai Internet City, 2nd of December St, Al Rigga, and Jumeirah Lake Towers.

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Riders who wish to use them will have to download a smart app. Once the service is booked on the app, the user will be able to ride the scooters — but only on special cycling tracks. Its smart technology will be able to detect if it is taken to an undesignated track, so its eletric motor will automatically stop.

Riders will also have to park the scooter in the right place to stop the meter on the app. Once parked, the user will have to make the payment.

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Five operators will be involved in the trial run, the RTA said. These include three international companies (Careem, Lime, and Tier) and two local firms (Arnab and Skurrt) supported by Dubai SMEs.

During the trial, the RTA will be conducting studies to make sure that residents and visitors are benefitting from the project.

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