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Daily users of Dubai Metro say they’ve been experiencing slight delays over the past two days in their regular commute, with trains unusually reducing speed between the Noor Islamic Bank and Business Bay Metro Stations.
Khalid Bin Walid has emerged as the busiest Metro station in Dubai with more than 19,000 passengers using the station every day, a top official has told XPRESS. Ramadan Abdullah, Director, Rail Operations, Dubai Metro, said an average of 19,097 passengers take the Metro to or from the Khalid Bin Walid station in Bur Dubai every day, followed by Union Square station with 18,113 passengers and Deira City Centre with 15,607 passengers.
Thousands of passengers were left stranded when a stretch of the Dubai Metro Red Line shut down for more than an hour yesterday afternoon. A Metro spokeswoman said there had been a power problem at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Noor Investment Group, today inaugurated the new headquarters of Noor Takaful, located adjacent to the Noor Islamic Bank station on the Dubai Metro Red Line, on Sheikh Zayed Road, in the presence of a number of high-ranking officials and senior banking and finance industry representatives were also present.
The Metro has become a daily habit that users say they cannot give up even if it often takes longer to get to work and they don’t always get a seat. A year after its launch, commuters say the Metro is vital to their travels. Some have ditched their cars, while others such as Mahesh Sadh, 29, an accounts executive, say they will never buy a car because of the independence and economy the Metro offers.
The three stations – GGICO in Al Garhoud, Noor Islamic Bank station in Al Quoz, and the World Trade Center station – help provide access points to the metro for commuters from a range of professions, from construction workers to financial employees.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority announced on Wednesday that three more stations will open on the Red Line this weekend. GGICO station in Al Garhoud, World Trade Center station, and Noor Islamic Bank station in Al Quoz, will open on Saturday, according to a statement.