Dubai Metro: Half a billion riders and counting



Dubai: The Dubai Metro will celebrate on Tuesday its fifth anniversary amid very healthy indicators of success in the operational efficiency judged by the high compliance with trips timetables, world-class safety standards, and the number of riders which recorded which about 500 million riders since the service had been launched in September 2009 till the end of last August.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, officially inaugurated the Dubai Metro, constructed at a total cost of Dh28 billion, on September 9, 2009.

Two years after the start of the operation of the Dubai Metro Red Line, namely on 9/9/2011, Shaikh Mohammed opened the Dubai Metro Green Line; which spans 23 km linking 18 stations including 6 underground stations, and 12 elevated stations. The Red and Green lines converge at two transfer stations namely Al Ittihad Station, and Burjuman Station.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said: “This huge achievement goes beyond the realms of the Emirate to cover the entire world, as it reflects positively on the image of Dubai as a distinctive metropolis and a hub for business and advanced living styles. The Dubai Metro has added a new beautiful dimension to the landmarks and towering achievements of the Dubai, particularly as it uses the latest technology of rail industry and is considered the longest driverless metro line worldwide.” More info