By Nivriti Butalia and Lily B. Libo-on www.khaleejtimes.com
The longest driverless Metro line in the world turns five today and perhaps there is no better way to mark half a decade of outstanding operational efficiency and world-class safety standards than carrying 500 million passengers, write Nivriti Butalia and Lily B. Libo-on.
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said this phenomenal achievement reflects the image of Dubai as a ‘distinctive metropolis’ and a hub for business.
A brainchild of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai Metro started with the 52-km Red Line, which covers 29 stations including four underground stations and 24 elevated stations.
The Green Line, which spans 23km linking 18 stations, including six underground and 12 elevated stations, was opened in 2011.