Dubai Metro train etiquette: Battle for territory creates entry/exit deadlock

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By Majorie van Leijen  www.emirates247.com

Did you think the quarrel over who is to get in and out of a Dubai Metro train first and fastest ended at the door? Wrong! Once inside, the territory battle continues.

Metro users struggle to get on and off trains due to crowding at the doors (Majorie Van Leijen)
Metro users struggle to get on and off trains due to crowding at the doors (Majorie Van Leijen)

To ensure order, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is currently undertaking a signage project, aiming to streamline the around 350,000 passengers taking the Metro every day.

Emirates 24|7 readers and Metro users responded to the news with their suggestions as well.

“We see lots of people blocking the exit by standing there. There should be a marking “Do not stand here, exit only,” writes Karan.

“RTA needs to fine people standing near the doorway. The other day I was travelling from Bur Juman to Jebel Ali, and three or four women standing at the door did not let me in because they were standing right in front of the door.  I missed the train, ” wrote another Metro user who preferred not to be named.

The entry/exit area of the Metro seems to be the most popular ‘hang-out’ on the train.

While seats are occupied within seconds, few people like to stand in the middle of the carriage, afraid of missing the chance to get out when they reach their station. More info