First day of the Metro
This morning the Metro had its first customers.
Shoppers could disembark at Mall of Emirates station or make their way to work via the Finance Centre station. That's what the Metro really is about, making it easier for you and me to swap our cars for the Metro for those day to day travels.
From the start there were troubles as some passengers missed their trains due to ticketing machines breaking down at the Mall of the Emirates station. But overall most passengers feedback say the Metro ride was very smooth, trains were spacious and comfortable.
Dubai does have a huge advantage, it learned what to do and what not to do from other mass transport systems around the world and adapted it to their requirements. Its proven so popular that Abu Dhabi has announced their own Metro system as part of their 2030 plan, which will be even tougher to build than Dubai's Metro as Abu Dhabi space is quite congested so the space needed for doing Metro Dubai style will be difficult.
Keeping the spotlight on Dubai Metro, here's looking forward to future launches of Metro stations scheduled to open in February 2010.