Dubai Metro has circled around the Earth three times


By Majorie van Leijen

After nearly five years of operation, the trains of Dubai Metro have collectedly covered a distance of 28,986,929 kilometers, which is more than three times the circumference of the Earth, said the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

This Tuesday will be an historic day for Dubai Metro; exactly five years earlier the first train headed out on the newly assembled metro tracks, and it has continued to serve thousands of commuters every day.

Distance has been a central theme in the metro tale, as Dubai Metro has been accounted for the longest driverless metro network in the world.

Counting a total length of 74,6 km today, the largest part consists of the 52,1-long Red Line, with the Green Line adding another 22,5km.

But distance is not the only milestone that has been achieved; passenger numbers speak too.

In 2014, half a million people have said to use the metro every day, and the daily commute numbers are swelling rapidly, as they accounted for 377,423 metro users in 2013. More info