If you asked me what my favorite mean of transportation is, I would instantly reply metro. A good metro system, meaning one with a lot of stations, is more comfortable than even a taxi. For one thing, it doesn’t interfere with traffic, so you will not be stuck in one place for hours and hear the endless honkings. A city like Dubai could not miss on having a regular metro. Dubai had to show how unique it is even through the metro. Although the metro has just 2 lines, the Red Line is the world’s longest driverless and fully automated single metro line. Cool, isn’t it? Here is some more information on Dubai Metro.
The Dubai Metro opened on September 9, 2009
With a population growing every day and increasing traffic on the roads, the government of Dubai decided to build a train network in the city, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, publicly opened the Dubai Metro at 6 A.M. on September 10th. It was the first urban metro system in the Arabian Peninsula. The 10% of Dubai’s population, which is around 110,000 people, used the metro during the first two days that it has been operating.
The Red Line
Like I’ve said, the Dubai Metro has only 2 lines: the Red Line and the Green Line. The former has 10 stations. As you may know, the World Expo 2020 is going to take place in Dubai, so the government has some major plans regarding the transportation of the city as well. Due to the expo, the Red Line will be expanded for another 15 kilometers. Until the December of 2016, the Red Line was the world’s longest fully automated driverless metro network. Then the Vancouver SkyTrain started operating, making the Red Line the second. Still, Red Line proudly holds the title of world’s longest fully automated driverless single metro line. The Red Line operates from 5.30 A.M. till midnight Saturday to Wednesday, until 1 A.M. on Thursdays and from 10 am until 1 A.M. on Fridays.
The Green Line covers 22.5 km
The Green line was opened two years later, in 2011. The line now has 20 stations, 12 of which are elevated and 8 are underground stations. There only 2 stations, where both lines meet and the passengers can switch, Union Square and the Khalid bin Waleed (BurJuman) Centre. The Green Line operates from 5.50 A.M. till midnight Saturday to Wednesday, until 1 A.M. on Thursdays and from 10 A.M. until 1 A.M. on Fridays.