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Designed by two students at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), the app provides a comprehensive and user-friendly guide to the Dubai Metro system alongside a range of other handy features, all of which can be accessed without an Internet connection.
Most of these women are well-educated, well-dressed, carry laptops, backpacks and look like any other commuter, making it extremely difficult to identify them and can only be nabbed in action.
“If Nol Silver Card users spend Dh14, all their trips on the Metro or bus routes will be free,” Mohammad Youssef Al Mudharrab, Director, Automated Fare Collection Card, Road and Transport Authority (RTA), told Emirates 24|7. Gold card users also have a daily cap of Dh14, but the calculation is based on the trip fare only and not on the surcharge.
Most of Dubai’s Metro commuters seem reluctant to take advantage of the many minutes spent between stations by getting stuck into a story. I look at my fellow passengers staring into space, or scrolling zombie-like through Facebook and I think: what a waste of a great opportunity to learn something, be entertained, enter the mind of another – like all good books let us do.
Roads and Transport Authority has begun investigation into robbery complaint by a passenger, who claimed he lost his iPhone while riding the Dubai Metro. According to Al Bayan newspaper, theft is becoming common on the Metro. However, a complaint broadcast on Al Bath Al Mubasher programme led to the RTA initiating quick action.
According to the Roads and Transport Authority, the Dubai Metro recorded 38.9 million passengers in 2010 with about 150,000 people taking the trips daily. Add to the mix a high penetration rate of iPhones in the UAE and you have a natural environment for a nifty little phone app that is making life a little easier these days for commuters. Meet the iMetro.