Global round up


    by Danielle Bowling
    DUBAI. The Dubai metro has cost billions more than its projected $5 billion price-tag.

    Executive director of Dubai’s road and transport authority, Mattar Al Tayer, was unable to say exactly how much has been spent on the metro, but did say that an exact figure would be released after the project’s completion in 2010. He added that the cost increase was due to the fact that more than half of the project had changed is design and facilities since its commencement to cope with the growing needs of the city. The project team includes Kellog Brown & Root, Capita Symonds and Atkins. The metro is due to open on 9 September, when one branch, the red line, will become operational.