Muscat: Muscat was ranked as the best Arab city in terms of traffic, according to the World Traffic Index for the year 2023, issued by the global database “Numbeo”.
Muscat ranked 185th in the world in terms of the most crowded city traffic-wise. It was ranked as the least crowded in the Arab world in this regard, and the best in terms of traffic.
An official from the Royal Oman Police (ROP), spoke exclusively to Times of Oman, by saying: “The traffic directorates in the governorates of the Sultanate play their role in securing the flow of traffic for road users, providing advice and guidance, and urging drivers and pedestrians to adhere to traffic rules and regulations so that roads become safer for users.”
He added that the comprehensive development witnessed by the Sultanate over the years of its renaissance has led to an increase in the tasks undertaken by the ROP, and it was necessary to keep pace with that by developing means to provide security, stability and safety for all citizens and residents of the Sultanate alike.
The official stressed that the presence of police to ensure the smooth flow of traffic, the presence of a speed detector, the efforts made by the ROP in the traffic movement, and the identification of the problem areas causing traffic congestion, all helped in reducing congestion and the flow of traffic, in order to provide means of traffic comfort for the citizens, residents and visitors of the Sultanate of Oman.
In addition, the report of the the World Traffic Index for the year 2023 said that the capital of Nigeria, Lagos, ranked as the worst city in the world in terms of traffic, followed by the American city of Los Angeles. These were followed by San Jose in Costa Rica, Colombo in Sri Lanka, the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, and then the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The city of Pest in the Netherlands came out as the best city in the world in terms of traffic, followed by Split in Croatia, then Basel in Switzerland and the Austrian capital, Vienna.
Numbeo indicated that the traffic index is a composite one. It monitors the time spent in traffic due to commuting at work, estimating the state of dissatisfaction with the traffic flow due to congestion, and the extent of efficiency in organizing traffic.