His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the trial operation of Dubai Metro on Saturday. The train ran for 11 km between Jebel Ali Station and Ibn Battuta Mall Station. One of 24 elevated stations with a capacity for 11, 000 passengers per hour.
The 130-metre long and 30-metre wide station has two entrances equipped with escalators and lifts. Al Tayer said that 19 pedestrian crossings will be installed on the Shaikh Zayed Road to ease traffic for the Metro commuters. The train started its trial run with a 30 km per hour speed and accelerated to 90 km per hour. Once completed, the Dh15.5 billion Dubai Metro will be the worlds largest automated driverless Metro system, with Green and Red Lines extending 75 kilometres and consisting of 47 stations, including 10 underground stations.
There are 24,000 engineers, technicians and workers involved in construction of the project, plus 105 sub-contractors.