By Elsa Baxter
Poll finds majority think only handful of stations will be ready for Sept opening.
Ten facts about the Dubai Metro
Only 10.9 percent of people who took part in an online survey believe that all stations on the Dubai Metro will be ready on time, despite assurances from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) earlier this week.
The RTA insisted on Monday that all 29 stations on the red line will be ready when the network officially opens on September 9.
But, an online poll by Arabian Business found that only 10.9 percent of respondents believed what the RTA had said.
The vast majority, some 49.3 percent, said they thought only a handful of stations would be open, while 18.5 percent said the just one or two would not be ready.
A further 21.3 percent of people said they believed that none would be ready in time.
Public opinion is in agreement with what transport analyst Jose Paul said earlier this week that most stations will “almost certainly” be delayed.
Paul, an automotive and transportation expert at consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, told Arabian Business: “It is almost certain that the metro will be open with only a few stations in operation in the first phase.”
The Dubai Metro has cost $4.2bn to build and will run from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali.
And so what if there are stations that are not ready? The RTA won't own up to it. The rulers of Dubai won't fire anyone because of it. No one will lose their job over it, or lose their bonus. A deadline is only a marketing gimick used to build egos. If one station opens everyone will hail it a success. If no stations open then it was not supposed to happen. And if all stations open then even better because all of those 'extra' third world workers can be shipped home.
People must realise that to build the metro from nothing with all the underground stations in this environment is an achievement that Dubai will be justly proud of in years to come. The delay is obviously due to economic conditions that affect us all. Dubai is not insulated from it however much they try not to. Concern would be that stations being stated open does not necessarily mean functional & open. When Mall of Emirates opened a while back similar statements were made about the restaurants that were said to be open but in actual fact they were there in name only. Even the smell of food was not there. RTA should differentiate between stations open and those fully functioning. This will minimise inconvenience and misery to travellers.
Let RTA take it's time.. let them test and test and test before opening to the public.. this a fully automated metro and should be 100% ready when used by the public.. So who cares if it's delayed.. better be late than sorry!