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Dubai declares its Metro up and running
The Dubai Metro was launched at 9.09pm on September 9, 2009. Pawan Singh / The National
After suffering through four years of disruption and dislocation caused by rail construction, Dubai’s residents have finally seen the Metro launched.
The Metro, which many hope will make the city far more user-friendly, was launched this evening from 7.45pm, when VIPs gathered in the Galleria of the Mall of the Emirates before boarding the first train.
The Metro’s Red Line was declared open by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) also has high expectations of the new rail system. Speaking on Dubai TV last night, Mattar al Tayer, the board chairman and executive director of the RTA, said the authority expects the Metro to break even within seven years.
The RTA also expects a payoff from the Metro in better traffic conditions. Congestion costs the Dubai economy Dh5.2bn (US$1.4 bn) per year because of lost time and accidents, Mr al Tayer said, noting that Dubai today has nearly three times the number of registered vehicles as it had when the Metro project began in 2005.