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More than 500 new projects were launched in Dubai during 2013, the highest number for five years, according to new data.
H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has recently received Her Excellency Nicole Bricq, French Minister of Foreign Trade, and the accompanying delegation comprising 40 representatives of top French firms operating in roads and transport sectors
In less than five years, Dubai Metro has become the showpiece of public transport infrastructure, entering the Guinness World Records book as the longest driverless metro network in the world and a finest example of Dubai’s resilience.
In his first book My Vision, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, reminisces the day that he stood next to his father, staring at what was to become Jebel Ali port, a project masterminded by the late Sheikh Rashid.
Although it is nothing more than part of modern transport for some, for others Dubai Metro is a true phenomenon. And if a driverless train, self-opening doors and world-largest train track was not enough, the modern-day facility of Dubai even helps its commuters walk.
Critics have made a pastime of belittling Dubai’s penchant for claiming number one in whatever it does: the biggest manmade island, the tallest tower, the biggest shopping mall and the largest fountain, not to speak of a series of new world-beaters already unveiled or are in the pipeline.
Almost 3.5 million passengers passed through Dubai Airport last August, according to a Ministry of Interior official.
On September 9, 2009, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated Dubai's first Metro line.