As promised, the Dubai Metro is all set for an exciting launch tomorrow 09-09-2009. The Red Line of the Dubai metro is all set to kick start operations in less than 48 hours from now. The launch on the date announced shows the commitment and vision of the rulers. Dubai Metro was announced in 2005 and after just four years it is all set to take off. Tomorrow the opening ceremony will be held at the Mall of Emirates at 9 pm. As revealed today, the service for the public opens on 10th Sep at 6am. Tomorrow the first ride at 9 pm will be by H.H. Sheikh Mohammad and other key officials.
The red line of the metro which is opening now is 52 km (32.4 mi) in length and runs from Al Rashidiya to Jebel Ali. It will have 29 stations and travel along Sheikh Zayed Road for most of the length. The Green Line is due to open by June 2010. Tomorrow 10 of the 29 stations on the red line are opening and the reaming 19 stations will open in the next few months in phases. The Red Line will be served by 62 high class driverless trains.
I am excited and looking forward to my first ride. I doubt if I will be able to hop into the metro on the 10th Sep as most of the tickets have been taken away by the lucky ones. Over the weekend I will definitely check out the metro. I expect traffic on Dubai roads to drop quite a bit and dependence on taxis to come down drastically.
If what I hear is true, the Dubai Metro is truly world class in its quality and design of the stations and the trains. No stone has been left unturned in its execution. The budget exceeded by a couple of billion dollars due to superior quality of finishing.
In my guess the Dubai metro will be one of the most sophisticated and classy metro systems in the world. I wish it every success and look forward to it being a driver of change to the emirate of Dubai. This is real blessing to ease the choked roads of Dubai and make car owners lives better.