Timeline: Dubai Metro

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Compiled by Gulf News Archives  www.gulfnews.com

The following is the timeline for the Dubai Metro:

May 29, 2005
Qasim Sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality and Susumu Uchida, Board Member of Mitsubish Heavy Industries, signing the Metro contract

May 30, 2005
Dubai Municipality awarded the contract for the first phase of Dubai Metro Project to Dubai Rapid Link Consortium

October 24, 2005
Construction work on Dubai Metro Project started at Al Ittihad Park in Deira

November 2005
Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued a decree setting up Dubai Roads and Transport Authority which have direct jurisdictions and responsibilities over Dubai Metro sector

February 2006
Groundwork for the Dubai Metro project started.

March 21, 2006
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Dubai Metro Project at Mina Al Salam Hotel.

July 1, 2006
The first pier for the Dubai Metro rail has been installed on Shaikh Zayed Road between the 6th and 7th interchanges.

January 10, 2007
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the tunneling work for the Dubai Metro.

March 13, 2007
The tunneling work being carried out at the Union Square Station in Deira.

July 27, 2007
The tunnel boring machine Al Wugeisha 1 has completed one of its most difficult tasks by tunnelling under the Dubai Creek

March 13, 2008
The first two trains for the Dubai Metro project have arrived in Dubai from Japan
March 15, 2008

April 30, 2008
Dubai Metro Naming Rights was launched

May 12, 2008
The first Metro train was successfully tested on part of the Red Line on Shaikh Zayed Road

September 21, 2008
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai inaugurate the test run of Dubai Metro trains on an 11km track between Jebel Ali and Ibn Battuta stations

August 19, 2009
Nol Silver Cards, which are part of the Dubai RTA Unified Automated Fare Collection system go on sale

August 31, 2009
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Dubai RTA confirmed the delay in launching of the Green Line – the second phase of the Dubai Metro project

September 9, 2009
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched Dubai Metro, the world’s longest automated driverless train system and the first Metro in the Gulf region

January 4, 2010
Burj Khalifa Dubai station was opened along with the inauguration of the tower.

April 30, 2010
Seven new Dubai Metro stations opened with total of 18 stations. The interval between the two trains reduced to six minutes and trains stop at a station for 30 seconds.

May 15, 2010
Three more Metro stations opened with total of 21 stations out of 29.

August 1, 2010
RTA spokesman stated that train tracks on Green Line have been completed and trial run with empty trains are being conducted to test the tracks.