The first stage of the Dubai Metro system is due to open on September 9, running along the emirate’s Sheikh Zayed Road.
The system’s 52km Red Line is nearing completion, with the Green Line due to follow at the start of 2010. In total Dubai Metro will serve 43 stations and cover a distance of 70km, the longest fully automated transport system in the world.
The network will be operated and maintained by Serco, the firm behind London’s Docklands Light Railway, and is predicted to carry around 1.2 million passengers per day. Said Ian Scott, director UK and Ireland for the Government of Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM):
“Dubai Metro will mark a significant step for this city as it continues to develop as a world-class destination. The Metro will increase circulation and access to some of the top visitor destinations and places of interest that Dubai has to offer as well as offering residents an efficient and affordable means to commute through the city. This is another exciting development for Dubai and will help to provide necessary infrastructure as the number of visitors continues to increase to this growing destination.”
For more information visit dubaimetro.eu.
Report by Mark Caswell