Dubai opens first metro line on 09.09.09 (at 9:09 pm and 9 seconds)

Middle Eastern mega vision city / playground Dubai has opened the first of their 2 mass-transit lines on 09.09.09 (at 9:09:09 to be exact) to winners of a “Golden Ticket” Contest. 

More videos can be found here.

The Red Line is the world’s longest driverless metro system. The trains are 5 carriage trainsets with Gold Class (VIP) and Silver Class (economy) train carriages.

The Dubai Metro Red Line train passing the famous Burj Al-Arab Hotel
The Dubai Metro Red Line train with the famous Burj Al-Arab Hotel in the background. Image courtesy of Parisian Girl / Skyscrapercity.com

According to the article, UAE Vice President launches Dubai Metro at Gulfnews.com,

The Metro is part of Shaikh Mohammad’s vision to develop an integrated transport system including the Metro, bus network, marine transport and an advanced road infrastructure.

More information about the Dubai metro can be found in these discussion threads on skyscrapercity.com.

Image of the Dubai Metro Red Line Trains - courtesy of Parisian Girl and skyscrapercity.com
Image of the Dubai Metro Red Line Trains - image courtesy of Parisian Girl and skyscrapercity.com

It is also interesting to note that Dubai Metro will permit folding bicycles and that Dubai is looking at building 900km of cycling paths – proving that if people can cycle & use public transport in a fantastically wealthy Middle Eastern city, they can certainly cycle & use public transport in KL!

Dubai Metro Station with the worlds tallest building, the Burj Dubai, in the background. Image courtesy of Nick L. & Skyscrapercity.com
Dubai Metro Station with the world's tallest building, the Burj Dubai, in the background. Image courtesy of Nick L. & Skyscrapercity.com
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