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Etisalat has auctioned off a ten-digit VIP number 050 777 7777 for a staggering Dh7,877,777, of which Dh7,440,777 went towards charity.
Private organisations will also observe ‘Car Free Day' from next year as Dubai Municipality plans to reach out to people across various segments to do their bit for the environment and support its initiative. "Next year we will reach out to the private sector. Some companies have already shown interest in participating and have contacted us. We want everyone to participate,"
A picture of the Sheikh, supplied to The National by Dubai Media Office, was widely circulated on Facebook and Twitter today, prompting the Sheikh to take to his Twitter account. "I used Dubai Metro yesterday while conducting an official visit," he wrote. "I encourage all to utilize Dubai advanced transportation." His post was retweeted by more than 100 people in the first 20 minutes.
Many more passengers are expected to board as they become accustomed to this new option for travel. It is projected that in the next few months more than 100,000 people will take the Green Line each day. The route cuts through some of the most congested parts of Dubai, along both sides of the Creek.
The RTA is hoping that with the opening of the Green Line and the future opening of the Al Sufouh Tram, the market share of public transport users will rise to 30 per cent per cent. Mr Al Tayer said that between 11 and 12 per cent of that 30 per cent will be carried by the Metro, 6 to 9 per cent by bus, and the remainder by taxis and marine transport.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, officially launched the Green Line – the second track of the Dubai Metro on Friday. The official opening ceremony was held at the Dubai Health Care City Station on Friday afternoon.
or those who live or travel through Dubai, the Metro Green Line, which makes its grand opening today and its public debut tomorrow, will make the city a little smaller. Rasika Gamage and Savinda Liyanage, salesmen from India, will seek clients in areas previously too costly to visit by taxi, but now easily accessible by the Green Line.
His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), has recently inspected the Green Line of the Dubai Metro to make sure that all systems go for the scheduled opening on Friday 09/09/2011 where customer service employees and inspectors have already assumed their duties at various stations.
The 23 km Dubai Metro Green line will be launched on September 9, 2011, by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Green line will consist of 18 stations in addition to two transfer stations; Union and Khalid Bin Al Waleed Stations, that will link the Green line with the Red.
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