Dubai travel guide



Dubai Travel Guide

Dubai Metro

Dubai Metro Due to Dubaiís economy increasingly supported on financial services, air transport, tourism and property development, the city also has a fast growing population and high traffic congestion. Populace augment is estimated to continue at an annual rate of over 6% to reach 3 million inhabitants by 2018, with tourist numbers expected to reach 15 million by 2010.

Dubai Municipality identified the necessity for a rail network to supply additional capacity, ease growing traffic and support continuing urban expansion. The Roads Transport Authority (RTA) began the millionaire construction (with a cost above US$ 3.89 billion) of a fully automated metro network in February 2006. The first section is expected to be partially operational by late 2009 and completely operational by 2012 becoming one of the most sophisticated urban rail networks in the world.

Initially, the metro will comprise two main lines: the Green Line from Al Rashidiya to the city's centre and the Red Line from Dubai airport to Jebel Ali. These lines will include 70 km of track with 33 stations above ground and 10 underground. Later, other 4 lines will be added to the rail network covering virtually the entire city.

The trains of Dubai Metro will be fully air-conditioned offering a standard class service. There will be a women and children section and a first class (VIP) section, too. 5-car sets of about 75m long, will seat 400 passengers but with standing room for many more. Various double doors will permit quick and smooth circulation. When the project is finished, the metro is estimated to transport roughly 1.2 million passengers a day, and 355 million per year.

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