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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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Alex 11 years ago

9-9-9 ...My city My metro... if you are a VIP, otherwise 10-9-9

ABE 11 years ago

What about Free Ride after the opening ceremony! so, people will be familiarize to the Entrance & Exit of the Dubai Metro. Hence, on the following day which is open to the public it easy to everyone to ccess the metro. Then, we can say at least Dubai Metro offers something for FREE...

Nora 11 years ago

I wonder how the RTA has guaranteed financing the project. Will it be through our SALIK payments ?

Abu Ali 11 years ago

I really don't know why people keep referring to Salik. Comparing to what the RTA spend on making new roads what Salik generate is peanut. They should make 10 more saliks and triple the registration fees and even then the revenues wouldn't overcome the spending. Do you expect the RTA to spend without getting any revenues forever?

DaNgErBoY 11 years ago

Errrrr.........after all the hype of 'My city, My metro' this is just a slap in the face to the Dubai public. Surley the VIP's won't be travelling on the metro the entire day from 6am-11pm. And i'm pretty certain the VIP's will be travelling in the gold class cabin leaving the family and normal cabins empty. It would have been, i'm sure, planned by many people to go on the metro after work on wednesday and have some photo opps. Now I guess people will have to change the date on their cameras to say they were a VIP on 09.09.09 - HA HA!

Mike 11 years ago

Did u know that the word Dubai Metro in numerology equates to 45 i.e. 4+5 = 9 Few weeks ago, I did say that RTA should think of inaugurating at 9:09 hours. Well they are doing it at 9 pm. Can they delay it by 9 minutes and 9 seconds so that the VIPs have a 9 9 9 9 9 9 ....

Louie Tedesco 11 years ago

I am so sad that I cannot ride the Metro to work on 09.09.09 because I have sold my car which must be given up today. We were counting on the Metro being open for use on Wednesday, this being the day that we have been told for so long. I only hope that I can reach a taxi to get to work on time so my boss does not fire me for being late, but it will cost me much more than using the Metro. I will have to skip a meal to make up for the higher taxi fare.

aslam 11 years ago

The patience of waiting will give sweet fruit. As we have waited for so long, a few more hours will not make a much difference. The metro will definately be a boon for the city's traveller.

jz 11 years ago

Every one should be allowed free trips before the actual run, just to get familiar with ticketing, exit, entry routes and the train itself. We dont know the halt duration of the trains, we dont know after what time the door`s close...

Mike 11 years ago

Oh and Nora, do you know how many cars pass by those SALIK gates every minute? Have you ever done the calculation? Lets say ONLY 50 cars travel both ways through one of those FOUR SALIK gates every minute, that adds up to over 400million AED each year. How about we add up all the money that is generated through those 1000 speed traps all over Dubai? Oh well, I guess as a "local" you get more than enough money to pay for those SALIK fees and speeding tickets. Oh no, now you are gonna tell me that if I dont like it here than I should leave, right :)?