Cut in Dubai Metro boarding time raises train etiquette culture clash

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By Majorie van Leijen  www.emirates247.com

News that Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)  will reduce the time taken to get on and off the Metro at some stations has sparked a debate on whether there should be specific rules for entry and exit.

Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa station on Sheikh Zayed road in Dubai, December 31,2010. Photo by Mustafa Kasmi
Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa station on Sheikh Zayed road in Dubai, December 31,2010. Photo by Mustafa Kasmi

Currently the average time a train stops at a station is 30 seconds and during rush hour, often, getting on an off is short of a stampede.

Now, with time lessening, Metro users are worried that they might not be able to get on the train, or off it, during peak hours at certain stations.

Also, given Dubai’s cosmopolitan nature, there is a certain cultural element also emerging – how do expats handle train travel courtesy back home?

Currently, no convention as to entry or exit rules on trains is specified in Dubai.

When the automated doors open people from both sides make a dash for it, this often results in a clash.

“RTA needs to consider announcing: “PLEASE ALLOW PEOPLE TO DISEMBARK FROM THE METRO BEFORE BOARDING”, every time a Metro stops at a station,” says Metro user Kapil on this website yesterday.

England is famous for its queue culture reaching as far as Tube travel goes. “People stand on one side of the escalator, so that people can pass if they need to. More info