VIPs only to ride Dubai Metro on Sept 9 - report

General public will be able to try out new rail system from 6am on Sept 10 - official.

Dubai's new Metro will not be open to the general public on September 9, it was reported on Monday.

"There will be an official launch on September 9 but the Metro will be opened to the public only on September 10 from 6am," said a senior official at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority in comments published by UAE daily Gulf News.

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, will inaugurate the Metro operations on September 9 with the launch ceremony being held at Mall of the Emirates, the paper added.

After the ceremony, Sheikh Mohammad, along with other dignitaries, VIPs and invited guests will ride the first train from Mall of the Emirates station to Al Rashidiya station.

There will be ceremonies at selected stations which will be visited by Dubai's ruler.

Last week, it was revealed that the cost of building Dubai's long-awaited metro system was expected to rise by 75 percent to $7.6bn since the contracts were awarded four years ago.

Among the reasons for the jump in costs was two extensions of the Green Line, which included five stations and a depot, two stations on the Red Line and a reworked design of all stations and their footbridges.

The Dubai Government has guaranteed the financing of the project, RTA chairman Mattar Al Tayer said.


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Posted by: Shailesh Patel

CONGRTULATIONS to U.A.E Government and in particular to Dubai for taking the lead in going ahead with one of the most Ambitious project to ease out the traffic problems and making travelling within DUBIA Emirate more easy and faster. Also, the schedule time of opening met with despite the trying ECONOMIC DOWNTURN experienced worldwide. Although, the Government has gone ahead and started the first phase even if it a partial opening. The benefits of the metro will be realised only when all the stations are ready and the general population will then start using it on the regular basis. I feel that the timings of the metro from 6.00am to 12.00 in the night on all days except FRIDAY is something which the authorities must think about. I would like to suggest that the metro should be on all days including friday as this will give people more flexibility to travel even on a holiday. Hope the authorities will think about this and do the needful.

Posted by: M

Sorry your wrong. In most countries and cities where they open a new metro train it is a free day for the public. For the people that will use it and for whom it was built for, not just the privledged few. For instance look at the new line in Vancouver. Opening day they had a ceramony then it was free to the public all day.

Posted by: a,s,rashid

It is logical that the vip people will ride on the first day. Why some expatriates are annoyed from this. In any country the opening of a new project is done by the vip and the rulers and the decision makers in the country so why not in our country. Our country welcoming the expatriates does not mean that they will change what must happen. Waiting till next day of operation will not affect the traffic yeh does it make sense. If you want to reduce traffic stay at your home and do not go to shopping mall or coffee shop for one day.

Posted by: SR

SALIK may or may not have financed the Metro, but surely William, you dont need 7B cars!!!!! For an example I have only 1 car, but on an average day, just to come to my office and return home I have to pass SALIK twice!!!

Posted by: William

Wow ... we have some great mathematicians here who are trying to prove that metro is funded by Salik. Why dont you get the fact that its funded by Dubai Government throught several financial means and salik may just be a very minor part of it. Cost of Metro ( 28 billion ) = 28 , 000 , 000 , 000 Cost of Salik = 4 dirhams Do you really think 7 billion cars passed under salik during last one year !!! Do you really think 7,000,000,000 cars !!!!!

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