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Dubai Metro opens today

The Emirate of Dubai today opens its first mass transit metro system, although the first passenger journeys will take place tomorrow.

Only ten out of 18 operational stations on the ‘Red’ line will open to traffic due to apparent delays in operations. Once fully complete, the red line will have 29 stations.

According to RTA Chairman H.E. Mattar Al Tayer: “Some stations are not operated, despite being fully ready long ago, as the property projects to be served by such stations have yet to be completed; which obviously means no passenger demand is foreseen for the time being an example of this is the Jebel Ali Station.

“Moreover, construction of some stations has not been completed due to the multiple systems of the metro itself.”

The remaining stations will open later this year.

Construction costs are reputed to have almost doubled, from £2.6bn (AED 15.5bn) to £4.6bn (AED 28bn) over four years.

Sheikh Mohammad will take the first journey with selected guest and VIPs from the Mall of the Emirates to Al Rashidiya Station.

The opening of the Green Line was last week pushed back by three months to June 2010.

Who’s Who:

Client: Dubai’s Roads and transport Authority (RTA).

Contractor: DURL consortium - JT (Japan/Turkey) heavy civils (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Obayashi Corporation, Kajima Corporation and the Turkish company Yapi Merkezi) and Mitsubishi Railway systems, responsible for rolling stock.

Consultant: Atkins

Project Engineers: A Systra-Parsons joint venture

Operator: Serco

Open Stations:

  • Al Rashidiya,
  • Airport T3,
  • City Centre,
  • Al Rigga,
  • Union (Square),
  • Khalid Bin Al Waleed (Burjuman),
  • Al Jaffiliya,
  • Financial Centre,
  • Mall of the Emirates,
  • Nakheel Tower and harbour

6 trains per hour will run with up to 3858 passengers per hour capacity. Demand is expected to be around 3500 passengers per hour per direction.

Trains will have three classes - standard; ‘Gold’ to include luxury seating, front of car views and Wi-Fi; and a separate carriage for women and children.

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