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UAE doubles number of vehicles in last eight years

UAE doubles number of vehicles in last eight years

DUBAI: Roads and Transport Authority reported UAE had doubled number of vehicles in last eight years, giving the Gulf emirate more cars per person than New York or London.

The bustling city state now has 1.4 million vehicles for 2.4 million people, equivalent to 540 for every 1,000 people, according to the Roads and Transport Authority data.

That compares with 305 vehicles per 1,000 people for New York and 213 per 1,000 for London.

The number of registered vehicles has risen from just 740,000 in 2006, an average annual growth of 8.2 percent.

If that trend continues, the number of vehicles registered could hit 2.2 million by 2020, when the emirate is due to host the five-yearly Expo world trade fair.

Dubai has invested heavily in public transport in recent years but car remains king.