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7 More Metro Stations to Open on April 25

Patrick Michael
Filed on February 21, 2010

Seven more stations on the Dubai Metro Red Line will be opened on April 25, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Saturday.

Currently, only 11 of the 29 stations are operational on the world’s longest automated rail system.

The seven stations that will accept passengers are: Emirates Station, Airport Terminal 1 Station, GGICO Station, Al Karama Station, World Trade Centre Station, Marina Station and Ibn Battuta Station.

The stations that are not due to open in April will become operational in “the following months of 2010,” said Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the RTA.

The RTA also announced that work on all 18 stations on the 23-km long Green Line that runs around the Dubai Creek through Deira and Bur Dubai will be completed in August 2011.

Commuters will be able to switch between the Red and Green Lines at the Union Square Station and the Khalid bin Al Waleed Station.

The opening of the seven stations on April 25, said Al Tayer, had been selected on the basis of “availability of population density in the locality served by each station so as to provide convenient services to the inhabitants in the neighbourhood, availability of commercial activities in the area served by each station, availability of government activities in the area served by each station, the station’s integration with other modes of transport and the projected number of commuters at each station.”

“The opening of the Al Karama Station will greatly add to our convenience in commuting across the length and breadth of Dubai,” said Vidya Nair. “Karama has a large population of people who use public transport. The opening of the station is keenly awaited.”

The Metro’s Red Line had a partial opening on September 9, 2009 and has proved to be a boon to thousands of commuters.

“I live in central Qusais and take the Dubai Metro from Rashidiya daily. What I’m really looking forward to is the opening of the Green Line which begins in Qusais,” said Atif Khan.

In a statement, Al Tayer said that the Metro was a priority project. “The RTA will provide the biggest portion of cash injections out of its budget to cover the cost of the additional works on the Red and Green Lines,” he said.

“The remaining portion of additional works’ cost will be funded through the project contractor,” Al Tayer added.

Having shifted to an apartment in Business Bay recently, Husain Zamindar finds the Metro, what he used to call a Mickey Mouse ride earlier, to be the most convenient option.

“As an architect, I feel the Metro killed the facade on Shaikh Zayed Road. I’d have preferred it if it had been kept underground. But I feel it is a ground-breaking development in terms of public transport in the country, which was hitherto non-existent. Another major advantage is, it cuts time of travel and costs immensely.”

Email: patrick@khaleejtimes.com


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