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The sophisticated technologies coupled with the diversified, enhanced and revamped bus routes have boosted the integration of mass transit means in the Emirate of Dubai and played a pivotal role in making the public transport the first mobility choice of residents, visitors and tourists descending into Dubai from all over the globe.
The Etihad Rail, Abu Dhabi Metro, Abu Dhabi Light Rail, Dubai Metro and Al Sufouh Tramway projects were designed to boost the national economy, said Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works.
The project contractor (Alstom-Besix consortium) will take on the maintenance of the project for 13 years and can be extended for additional 5 years.
Dubai’s prospective tramway system has been delayed by two years to 2014 due to the economic downturn, according to the Road Transport Authority (RTA). Abdul Redha Abu Al-Hassan, director of rail planning & development at the government body, said in a conference in Abu Dhabi yesterday that the slump in the construction market caused the RTA to “re-plan our projects again”.