Yango maps survey: 50%+ Dubai residents move more during Ramadan

With Eid celebrations on the horizon, Yango Maps, a navigation app made with Dubai in mind, conducted a survey to see how the Holy Month changes navigation habits in the city. The goal of the survey was to keep in touch with user needs in a constantly evolving environment and propose useful features relevant for this time of the year.The survey found that 52% of residents travel more during Ramadan than at any other time of the year. For many, this is a period for spending time and connecting with loved ones. And when it comes to selecting the mode of transport for their movement around the city, the majority opt for driving, while one in three users prefer public transport or taxis. Half of the residents noted that at this time of active travel, the most important considerations before setting off are safety, travel time, and the availability of air-conditioned spaces along the route. Responding to the users' needs, the app recently added new route options called "comfortable routes." When temperatures rise, the app displays additional directions that go through covered areas and air-conditioned bus stops. Additionally, during the month of Ramadan, over 70% of residents spend more time with family, exploring new places, and almost a half of residents (48%) tend to eat outside their home more often than at other times of the year. Taking this into account, Yango Maps offers a special Ramadan guide with a wealth of restaurants and cafes for a memorable Iftar menu: from traditional cuisine to inventive international dishes.Findings also confirmed that shopping continues to be a key activity for many in Dubai during Ramadan, with 61% of people agreeing that they tend to shop more often. The majority of shoppers do so offline, and three in five strive to discover new brands and find the best deals. The most popular shopping centers Yango Maps users visit are the Dubai Mall, the Mall of the Emirates, and the Dubai Marina Mall. To ensure a more convenient experience for users, Yango Maps plans routes straight to parking zones near such popular destinations.

Yango Maps Ensures Comfort with Shaded Routes and AC Bus Stops

Yango Maps unveils new route options adapted specifically for Dubai's warmer climate. When temperatures rise, the app displays additional directions that go through covered areas and air-conditioned bus stops. The new options are called “comfortable routes” and are marked with a snowflake icon. With rising temperatures and the fasting period of Ramadan right around the corner, convenience when traveling around the city is especially important. According to Yango Maps' survey of Dubai residents, 80% stay just as busy during the Ramadan month as any other time: commuting to work, visiting relatives, shopping, and other activities. The same survey showed that for trips around the city, the most important aspects are optimal travel time, safety, and cool areas along the route. All of these are considered equally important.Now, instead of waiting for a bus in the sweltering heat or walking several miles in the sun, users can enjoy a more relaxing journey. It's also possible to check beforehand whether a bus stop has a cooling option by simply clicking on it to see if it has the “Air-conditioned” label. So far, over 570 of Dubai's air-conditioned bus stops have been added to Yango Maps."The new feature's algorithm predicts outdoor temperatures using historical data and calculates both waiting times for buses and the total walking distance. Considering all these factors, it ensures that the suggested directions take no more than 20 minutes longer than a standard route," shares Eugene Shilnikov, Yango Maps' Product Lead. "We'll continue integrating more smart transport solutions that appear in Dubai to keep in touch with all of the innovations in the city's infrastructure."The launch of comfortable routes marks yet another step in Yango Maps' mission to provide a smarter, more comfortable, and enjoyable travel experience for Dubai residents.Yango Maps is available for free on Google Play and the App Store, with both English and Arabic for the interface and voice directions.