UAE – Mubasher: The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Careem on Saturday launched a bike-sharing service that will allow for the provision of 780 pedal-assisted bikes over 78 stations across Dubai under the first phase of the project.

The solar-powered stations will allow users to hire and pay via the Careem Bike app, which allows them to unlock the bicycle by scanning the QR code on the bicycle and enter a 5-digit code from the application into the station, according to an official statement.

“This service contributes to Dubai sustainability efforts and encourages residents and tourists to enjoy an active and healthy life, providing them with a new transportation option that will improve mobility across the city,” the RTA’s chairman Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer commented.

The stations are located in numerous busy areas in Dubai, including Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah Lake Towers, The Greens, Barsha Heights, Dubai Water Canal, Dubai Media City, Downtown Dubai, and Al Qudra.

“We are pleased and excited to launch the first-of-its-kind multi-phase programme in the region,” Careem’s CEO Mudassir Sheikha said.

Under a 15-year contract with the RTA, Careem will operate 1,750 bicycles and install 175 stations during the first two years, before increasing them to a total of 3,500 bicycles and 350 stations over the next five years.