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Dubai Metro trial operation held

Train with five coaches runs for 11km between Jebel Ali and Ibn Battuta Mall stations at up to 90 km/h.

A trial operation of Dubai's metro was held on Saturday as the emirate's first mass transit system took another step towards completion.

A train ran for 11km between Jebel Ali Station and Ibn Battuta Mall Station, starting its trial run at a speed of 30 km/h and accelerating up to 90 km/h, state news agency WAM reported.

The train on trial consisted of five coaches that can carry up to 643 passengers.

The trial was held in the presence of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, also UAE vice president and prime minister.

Also on Saturday Sheikh Mohammed commissioned the metro's internet wireless service (Wi-Fi), which will covers all Red Line and Green Line trains, WAM reported.

The service, provided by Du, will allow passengers to use their laptops while riding on the trains.

Once completed, the 15.5 billion-dirham ($4.22 billion) Dubai Metro will be the world's largest automated driverless metro system, with Green and Red lines extending 75 kilometres and consisting of 47 stations, including 10 underground stations.

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