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September 09, 2009

Dubai welcomes first metro line

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THE Ruler of Dubai and UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has officially opened the city's first metro line. The Sheikh and selected dignitaries travelled over the Emirates to Rashidiya section of the Red Line, which will open to the public on Thursday.
The 52.1km Red Line from Jafza/Limitless to Rashidiya runs on viaduct for 44.1km of its length, with a 4.7km underground section between Burjuman and City Centre. The fully-automated line is equipped with Thales SelTrac IS communications-based train control and NetTrac central control systems, providing a minimum headway of 90 seconds.
Construction has taken just 55 months, although the cost of the project has almost doubled from Dirhams 15.5 billion to Dirhams 28 billion and just ten of the line's 29 stations will be ready when public services begin on Monday. Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Chairman Mr Mattar Al Tayer says some stations are still being fitted out while others, such as Jebel Ali, are ready for use but will not open until later in the year because the property developments they have been built to serve are not yet complete.
Last week it was announced that the opening of Dubai's second metro line, the 14.6km Green Line from Al Jaddaf to Palm Deira, Dubai International Airport and Al Qusais 2 has been delayed by three months. Commercial services will now start in June 2010.
Photo: Kinki Sharyo, Japan, is supplying 62 five-car trains for the Red Line, and 25 three-car trains for the Green Line. 

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