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The 14-branch network in Dubai Metro is spread in both red and green lines with seven branches in each line. In Red Line, branches are located in Khalid Bin Waleed, Jebel Ali, Emirates Tower, Emirates, Rashidiya, TECOM and Union stations. In Green Line, branches are located in Airport Free Zone, Oud Mehta, Etisalat, Salah Al Din, Stadium, Al Gubaiba and Al Fahidi stations.
Etisalat’s deal alone reportedly cost AED135m, helping the RTA to raise nearly AED2bn as it looked to claw back some of the costs of constructing the metro. The RTA confirmed in 2009 that the cost of building the Metro had nearly doubled from AED15bn to AED28bn.
Dubai Metro’s Red Line opened in September 2010, bringing 52 kilometres of travel options for Dubai residents and visitors. This month, the 22km Green Line opens with 16 of its 18 new stations operating, along with transfer stations Khalid Bin Al Waleed and Uniion Square, promising easier access to even more of the emirate’s best views and venues.
"The regional hotel development pipeline from design to completion is worth over $6 billion. As if that wasn't impressive enough, the GCC countries are investing $185 billion in transport infrastructure over the next decade. The knock-on benefits for the hotel sector will be substantial."
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), announced that construction work on most stations on the Dubai Metro Green Line has been completed with work on the interiors is in various stages of completion.
Within the UAE, Etisalat’s achievements have mirrored the success of so many other organisations across the nation. Its work has complimented major developments such as the construction of the Burj Khalifa, and the launch of Dubai Metro, the world's longest, driverless metro system.
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