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The flurry of emergency vehicles around Rashidiya Metro station last weekend was part of a disaster-preparation drill organised by the emirate’s Crisis Management Team (CMT). The exercise followed a workshop two days earlier to exchange ideas and experiences between the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Police, Civil Defence, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Dubai Ambulance Services.
The man who killed himself by jumping in front of the Dubai Metro last week has been identified as a cashier and delivery person at a convenience store. Harish Pujari Mahabla, 36, from Mangalore, India, worked for the Ginny’s Plus Trading group in Tecom for the past two years before he died in an apparent suicide last Monday.
A 36-year-old Indian in an inebriated state committed suicide in Dubai Metro, in a first such case, throwing himself under a train after being refused by his employer from returning home. "On Monday the Indian worker, who has been identified as HUM committed suicide on the track," said major general Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, deputy chief of Dubai police. "The speeding metro struck the man while he was lying on the track."
A minibus owner could face an year in jail and a fine for failing to report his friend to police after the latter mowed down a man while driving his vehicle last month. The minibus owner, A.M, 52, an Indian national, has been charged with failing to inform the traffic police when his friend, A.H, 27, a Pakistani national, fatally knocked down a 24-year-old Emirati man on Dubai-Al Ain Road, said senior chief prosecutor Salah Bu Farousha, head of Dubai Traffic Public Prosecution (TPP).
How in six years of innovation, hard work and meticulous planning the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has transformed the way Dubai moved is not a news anymore. With a highly efficient metro, a widening bus and marine network and a huge fleet of taxis, RTA has achieved in half a decade what most organisations fail to achieve in several decades.