One of Dubai’s biggest projects redefining transportation in the Middle East, the Dubai Metro today completes 11 years of operations as the longest driverless metro network in the world.
11 years of Dubai Metro
2005 saw Qasim Sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality award Mitsubishi Heavy Industries a contract to build the Dubai Metro’s railway networks, followed by the next three years witnessing viaduct construction, tunnelling works and trial runs until its inauguration on 9th September, 2009. Since its inception, millions of residents use Dubai Metro as their go-to source of transportation, with the Red Line spanning 52 kilometres inclusive of 29 stations, and the Green Line encompassing 23 kilometres and comprising of 18 stations, in addition to the all-new Expo 2020 route.
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You know the struggle is for real when you’ve travelled on Dubai Metro through the Burjuman and Union station during the early hours of the day, or from the Dubai Mall or World Trade Centre station during the peak hours congestion in the evening! It’s estimated that Burjuman Station served 12.76 million riders, and 10.6 million travelled from the Union Station.
1.6 billion+ people used Dubai Metro
Statistics from Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) reveal a whopping 1.5 billion people used Dubai Metro until September 2019, in addition to 292 million commuters by the end of the year. That’s even beyond the population of China!
It’s also worth mentioning Dubai Metro boasts an on-time service record of 99.7 per cent. A staggering 650,000 riders use Dubai Metro daily.
“From the start of operations on 09.09.2009 until the end of August this year, Dubai Metro saw about 1.5 billion riders. The number of metro riders rose from about 39 million riders in 2010 to 69 million riders in the following year. With the launch of the Green Line of Dubai Metro in Sept 2011, metro riders rocketed to 109 million riders in 2012. The ridership continued to hit new heights in 2015 reaching 179 million riders. By the end of 2018, it broke the two-hundred-million barrier clocking 204 million riders. Currently, Dubai Metro serves about 650,000 commuters daily; a record that significantly surpasses the number forecasted in studies commissioned at the design phase of the project.”Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.
Sheikh Mohammed’s inspiring words about the Dubai Metro
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister inaugurated Dubai Metro on 09/09/09, at precisely 9 pm, and in time for the metro’s landmark tenth anniversary, he shared a story of taking inspiration from the London Underground after visiting the UK in 1959 with his father and then-Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
He says, “I was 10 years old when I visited London in 1959 with my father who insisted to see a train’s cockpit. Fifty years later, Dubai Metro came true in 2009. Nothing is impossible if you can dream it.”
“Back then, I consulted members of the Executive Council in Dubai whether they support the idea or not. Some rejected it, under the pretext of people’s non-acceptance of the use of Metro, but I insisted on the immediate implementation.”His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister
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