Dubai Metro Opens Green Line

The emirate of Dubai in the UAE has further bolstered its growing public transportation system with the opening of the Dubai Metro’s Green Line. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, declared the second line of the urban rail network operational yesterday and was joined by dignitaries, VIPs and members of the media for a ride on the new line.


Covering 22.5 kilometers and running from Dubai Creek to the Al Twar district, 16 new stations now serve the city’s oldest and most congested districts, with 2 more stations (Al Jadaf and Creek stations) due to open soon. Ridership on the line is expected to reach nearly 100,000 travellers daily by the end of the year, with Union and Khalid bin al Waleed stations have been designated as interchange stations, where the Green Line joins the 2-year old Red Line.


At 25,000 square meters, the former is touted as the world’s largest underground subway station, while the latter is regarded as one of the most dazzling metro stations actoss the globe. The emphasis on design, which revolve around the employment of traditional elements such as wind towers, oriels, alleyways and internal arches, continues with the other new stations and ensure that they look like natural extensions of the traditional souks around Dubai Creek.


The first urban rail system in the Arabian Peninsula, the Dubai Metro is also the world’s longest driverless train system and now covers nearly 75 kilometers. Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority remains confident that the Purple and Blue Lines (currently on hold) will be implemented in the near future with the completion of the emirate’s Al Maktoum International Airport.


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