Dubai Metro enters record books with Green Line opening

With opening of second line, Dubai Metro becomes world's longest fully automated metro network
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Dubai ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (yellow dress) waves to the crowds as he arrives to inaugurate the second metro rail network, in Dubai on September 9, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
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HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE prime minister and vice-president and ruler of Dubai, opened Dubai Metro’s long-awaited Green Line on Friday. With opening of this new line, Dubai Metro has become the world's longest fully-automated metro network
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Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed takes a ride through the second metro rail network during its inauguration, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on September 9, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The Etisalat Metro station on the newly opened Green Line. The official opening ceremony was held at the Dubai Healthcare City Station, exactly two years after the launch of Dubai Metro's Red Line
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Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (yellow gown) arrives to inaugurate the second metro rail network (AFP/Getty Images)
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The Metro’s second line, which has added eighteen stations and 23km to Dubai’s existing rail network, will provide low-cost transport for passengers living in the older areas of the city such as Deira and Bur Dubai
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Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (yellow gown) arrives at the Al Ghubaiba water transport station during the inauguration of the second metro rail network on September 9, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Dubai's residents will be able to travel on the Green Line from Saturday
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Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) chairman Matter Al Tayer. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE prime minister and vice-president and ruler of Dubai, opened Dubai Metro’s long-awaited Green Line on Friday
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Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (yellow) arrives at a metro station to inaugurate the second metro rail network, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on September 9, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The official opening ceremony was held at the Dubai Healthcare City Station, exactly two years after the launch of Dubai Metro's Red Line
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Emirati officials take a metro ride during the inauguration of the second metro rail network, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on September 9, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Sheikh Ahmad (R) and Sheikh Mansour (L), sons of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, give the thumbs-up as they take a metro ride during the inauguration of Dubai Metro's Green Line (AFP/Getty Images)
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The Green Line’s starting point is Etisalat station, at Al Qusais near Emirates Road, before moving to stops Al Qusais, Airport Free Zone, Al Nahda, Al Qiyadah station on Al Ittihad road, Abhu Hail, Abu Baker Al Siddique, Salahuddin and then Union station, where both metro lines intersect
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It then moves through Baniyas Square, Palm Deira, Al Ras, Al Ghubaiba. Al Fahidi, Khalid Bin Al Waleed and to Dubai Healthcare City
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With opening of this new line, Dubai Metro has become the world's longest fully-automated metro network
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All of the Green Line’s stations have been opened to the public except Al Jadaf and Creek Stations, as the real estate developments they were intended to serve, are yet to be completed
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The Metro’s second line, which has added eighteen stations and 23km to Dubai’s existing rail network, will provide low-cost transport for passengers living in the older areas of the city such as Deira and Bur Dubai
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Speaking to reporters after the Green Line’s opening, the chairman of Dubai’s transport authority thanked Sheikh Mohammed for his support for the Metro project and for all Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) projects
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Press conference at Etisalat station for Green Line opening
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Adnan Al Hamadi, chief executive of the Rail Agency at the RTA, said he expected as many as 100,000 passengers per day in the first two weeks of operations
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Dr Aysha Saad Al Busmait - director or marketing & corporate communication at RTA
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Essa Abdulrahman Al Dossari- CEO Public transport agency, RTA
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Mr Abdul Redha Hussain Abu Al Hassan - Director of Rail Planning and Development Department, RTA