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TRAFFIC-JAM FRUSTRATION: Road users in Dubai know all too well that their journey could well take longer than planned. Image: Shutterstock.

DUBAI, UAE - The number of vehicles in Dubai has doubled between 2006 and 2015 to give the emirate's population more cars per person than New York or London.

Official figures released on Monday (March 16 2015) claim the city-state now has 1.4-million vehicles for a population of 2.4-million, or 540 for every 1000 people.

The Roads and Transport Authority says New York has 305 vehicles/1000, London 213/1000.

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The number of Dubai-registered vehicles has risen from 740 000 in 2006, an average annual increase of 8.2%, and if the trend continues the number of vehicles registered could reach 2.2-million by 2020, when the emirate will host the five-yearly Expo world trade fair.

Dubai has invested heavily in public transport in recent years, opening a metro rail network in 2009 and the first phase of a tram network in 2014, but the car remains king and, despite huge road expansion projects, traffic jams are frequent.

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