By Gerard Hope
The $2.7bn track would link Dubai airports, delayed Green Line set for August launch
Dubai Road and Transport Authority is in talks to revive the suspended Dubai
Metro Purple Line, a contractor on the railway has said.
“We have been talking with the RTA on a regular basis,” said
Ozair, managing director of Al-Futtaim Engineering, which worked on Dubai Metro’s
“There is potential for the Purple Line to also be
revived, and then there is potential for metros coming up in Abu Dhabi and
The $2.73bn high-speed track, announced in June 2007, was set to run from
Dubai International Airport to Al Maktoum International in Jebel Ali.
Plans for the original line showed a 49km link with eight
stations along its length. It was intended to cut travel time between the two
airports to 40 minutes.
Instead, the track was halted in the wake of the global financial crisis
as the state-backed RTA struggled to secure funding to fund its infrastructure
The RTA’s CEO for strategy and corporate governance, Abdul
in January the agency would seek private funding for almost a third of its
infrastructure projects over the next five years in a bid to
spread the cost and risk of building the emirate.
The RTA is also mulling the privatisation of its water taxi
services, he said.
The agency last month said that Dubai’s Metro Green Line is on schedule
to open to the public in August 2011, after funding delays slowed its progress.
I would have thought that with the growing numbers commuting between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the most profitable and beneficial line would be a high speed link from city centre to city centre.
It would also help improve the UAE's traffic accident statistics!
I would agree with Greg. A direct line between Dubai and Abu Dhabi would be money better spent. It would also cut out the property 'hot spots' and neutralise the inbalance of rental prices that we see across each City.
Having said that...the cost of building a track from Dubai to Abu Dhabi would be high...but if Abu Dhabi digs deep enough into its coffers, it should find a few Billion-dhs it didn't even know it had!
Relatively speaking, its like me finding 50-dhs in my shirt pocket prior to putting it into the wash! All things in perspective when dealing with money!
Speaking as someone who has invested in an offplan property in Jumeriah Village South, I would say that the Purple line is a good thing and would love to see it go ahead. Perhaps this would extend into Abu Dhabi as suggested - possibly add some value and a reason to stay in JVS with Dubailand not seeming to take off? Abu Dhabi would definately have money to spare. Both AD and Dubai would benefit from this line
A fast link between RAK-Dubai calling at Ajman and Sharjah would be useful.