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Mumbai roads were the world's most-congested in 2018

Tomtom Traffic Index shows Cairo was the Middle East's worst city for congestion, with journeys taking 44% longer than needed

Mumbai traffic
Mumbai traffic

According to Tomtom Traffic Index, Mumbai, India, was the world's most congested city in the world as of 2018, with drivers in the city spending an average of 65% extra travel time stuck in traffic, and Cairo, Egypt, was the Middle East's most congested city, as per the ranking.

Bogota, Colombia (63%); Lima, Peru (58%); New Delhi, India (58%); and Moscow, Russia (56%) followed Mumbai on the list of cities with the world's worst congestions. 

In Cairo, journeys took 44% longer than necessary due to traffic, and in the GCC, Kuwait City was ranked as the most congested city, with delays of 24%. 

However, all cities in the region saw congestion drops of up to 5% from 2017 figures, according to a report by Construction Week's sister title Smart Cities Arabia.

Commenting on the findings, Tomtom's vice president of traffic information, Ralf Peter Schäfer, said: “[The increase in congestion] is both good and bad news.

"It’s good because it indicates a stronger economy, but the flip side is the environmental impact from drivers wasting time sitting in traffic.”

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