Wednesday, 9 September 2009

9/9/09 - Metro Dubai Launched

Four years of planning, design and construction have resulted in the launch of the most advance metro systems in the world and the first in Middle East. The launch of the metro today, on 9th September 2009 - the date promised by Sheikh Muhammad Al Maktoum for launch of this project, should solve the traffic problems in Dubai and make the lives of so many commuters easy.

About Metro Dubai
Dubai Metro has 43 stops that serve both the local and tourist populations, stopping at both popular destinations for work and sight-seeing. With all of the stops available, the metro plans on transporting about 1.2 million passengers daily.

Metro Dubai, as we expect from Dubai projects, has many unique features and firsts in the world. The project was initially budgeted for AED 16 Billion but later went on to cost Dubai around AED 35 Billion. This was mostly due to the enhancements in design and additional requirements, especially that related to safety and hi-tech features.

In addition to the sleek design, comfortable stations and trains, one of the underground stations in Metro Dubai is the largest underworld station in the world!

The Visionary Man
I've always respected Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Rule of Dubai, for his vision and fearless attitude. Dubai has been hit hardly during 2008 and 2009, but projects such as this prove that Dubai is here to stay.

I was last there during April 2009 for a 1-day business meeting, but before that I traveled during January 2009 for a week long business event; metro was under construction then. Some pictures I took:

Congratulations to all those who worked on this prestigious project and to all Emiratis!