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Sheikh Mohammed takes surprise ride on Dubai Metro

Dubai ruler shocks passengers as he hops on board train while conducting official visit

Sheikh Mohammed takes surprise ride on Dubai Metro
The Facebook photo of Dubais ruler Sheikh Mohammed hops on a Dubai Metro train

Dubai Metro has received a ringing endorsement from the emirate's ruler after he hopped on a train while conducting an official visit.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum posted an image of himself riding the rail system on Facebook on Tuesday and encouraged others to ditch the car and use the city's public transport.

"I used Dubai Metro yesterday while conducting an official visit. I encourage all to utilise Dubai advanced transport network," he said.

The photo on Facebook had attracted more than 2,000 Likes in the first 30 minutes after it was posted while more than 300 people commented on the photo with a large majority applauding Sheikh Mohammed for taking the metro.

Dubai Metro's new Green Line lifted 1.27m passengers during the first 20 days of operation, the Roads and Transport Authority has said last week.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the RTA, added that the number of passengers on the Red Line during September hit 4,661,469 passengers, bringing the total number of commuters on both lines last month nearly 6m.

Al Tayer said he was delighted with "these positive indicators of growth in the metro users", adding that they confirmed that RTA plan to increase mass transit options for residents in Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed opened Dubai Metro’s long-awaited Green Line on September 9.

The official opening ceremony was held at the Dubai Healthcare City Station, exactly two years after the launch of Dubai Metro's Red Line.

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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We need leaders like H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in many most of the countries so people there too feel safe, secure, prosperous and happy. May Almighty Allah Bless our beloved ruler long and healthy life, Aameen.

SA 8 years ago

Coming from a south asian country, it is hard to find any government leader there who can travel with public. They always try to get as many protocols and previligies as they can.

A very good example by H.H.

Satbir Singh 8 years ago

Yes indeed H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is an inspiration for all of us and wish have such leaders in every country for the betterment of cominig generations.
In regard to Metro i think still we have a long way ahead where it can reach almost every neighbourhood but thanks to the Dubai Government for making such an excellent infrastructure where it takes just 25minutes to reach Jebel Ind. Area from Int. City via Emirates Rd.

khatri Irfan Yusuf 8 years ago

Mashaallah, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is a great visionary and he is leading Dubai in a very positive direction.

Basharit Rafique 8 years ago

I wish if H.H. Sheikh Muhammad could take the charge of my country for at least 1 year. A visionary leader like him can change the shape of an under developing country to a developed country in 1 year time. ALLAH Bless you sir...

C S Sagoo 8 years ago

Here we have a Leader who also does what he tells other to do. A great Leader who has earned the respect of all Emirati’s and Foreigners in UAE and many other parts of the world.

A truly Great Leader, who is dearly loved and respected by us all. May Allah & God and whatever the Divine Powers be, grant him good health and long life. He already has the wisdom.

Joe 8 years ago

The surprise visits of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is of course a great surprise to regular commuters, motivation to people who cannot skip their car even if they are close to metro and also a surprise check of the operator of the METRO to maintain their high standard of service (which they are offering).

The visit of H.H. is an example of humbleness, preserving energy/fuel by usage of public transport, quality service to people who think they cannot travel in METRO and also a msg to masses TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

The use of Metro service will add some value of exercise (by walking in and out of stations) instead of living a Chair/Couch potato life style.

Abdul Hamid 8 years ago

It’s very encouraging to see HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum travelling on a public transport....Dubai Metro and other infrastructural developments are his dream which he is fulfilling for the people of UAE and particularly Dubai. His active involvement in each development of the country inspires public, particularly youngster to work for the betterment of society. My Allah blessed him with good health.

Phaseone 8 years ago

May Allah Bless HH Sheikh Muhammad. He is a great man and this news report shows how humble he is. How many other countries have such Leaders/Rulers demonstrating such close interaction with the general public?

Mohamed Khatib 8 years ago

When we will see our beloved Leader and Inspirer riding the tram in Al Marsa - it has really been a long time and little progress.