Dedicated Dubai Metro user can no longer take train to work

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By Mohammad Jihad, Community Web Editor  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: News of Dubai Metro opening last year was the reason for Arif Khan’s decision to continue living in the UAE. Now, he does not ride it any more.

The Metro train is tested on a stretch of completed track opposite Jebel Ali Free Zone. The train with a driver clearly visible in the front carriage made several journeys of about 400 meters from the station under construction to the end of the line at the Jafza International Headquarters building.
The Metro train is tested on a stretch of completed track opposite Jebel Ali Free Zone. The train with a driver clearly visible in the front carriage made several journeys of about 400 meters from the station under construction to the end of the line at the Jafza International Headquarters building.

Khan, a Pakistani national, stopped riding the Metro when he had to move to Al Ghusais with his family in March.

Green line

He said: “I cannot use the Metro because the station near my new home, as well as the rest of the Green Line, are not operational as of yet.”

Khan, a computer engineer, will have to wait until the stations open so he can end his reliance on driving to work.

What used to cost Khan Dh80 a month to take the Metro to work now costs him Dh600 in car-related costs.

Saving money

He said: “Not only is the Metro a fraction of the price but it is also constant. Petrol prices and maintenance fees on my car keep increasing.

“At least the traffic congestion is not as bad as it used to be.”

In the current situation, if Khan were to use the Metro, he would need to wait for a feeder bus to take him to Al Rashidiya Station where he could take the Metro to work.

He said: “I hope they open the Green Line soon because I cannot keep wasting time and money.”