Three more stations on the Red Line of the Dubai Metro were opened Saturday, bringing the total number of operational stations to 21. The new stations started receiving passengers as the metro operations started early morning at 6am. The newly opened stations included: World Trade Centre, GGICO in Al Garhoud and Noor Islamic Bank (Al Qouz) on Shaikh Zayed Road. Some 14 feeder buses have been deployed to link the new metro stations with the surrounding areas offering bus service with 13-20 minutes frequency. This brings the total feeder buses serving the stations to 152. The remaining eight stations on the Red Line of the Metro would open gradually in coming months.
A Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official said they weren’t aware of the tunnel which links Downtown Burj Khalifa to Al Mafraq Road and bypasses heavy Dubai Mall traffic congestion on Financial Centre Road (formerly Doha Road).
“We may have announced this already, but I’m not aware of it,” said the official. “It sounds like it will save drivers a lot of time.”
The official couldn’t say when the tunnel had actually opened.
“On busy traffic days, it can take a lot of time to go from Shaikh Zayed Road past Dubai Mall and down the road behind (Al Mafraq Road) to get to Dubai Exhibition Centre,” he said. “There is so much traffic at the [Dubai] Mall. This tunnel has made life much easier.”
Teenage Emiriti brothers killed in gruesome vehicle collision.
3 boys & two cars – 2 brothers and one solo – solo landed in hospital, brothers died at the scene.
Parents of 3 shall be prosecuted for gross negligence and their licence be black pointed.
tonite at 090909 hrs the previliged elites of Dubai – UAE will be riding the Dubai Metro. The selected station to launch the metro is Mall of Emirates on Sh. Zayed Road. Among elite passangers, few of commoners selected through a ballot will be onboard as well. Tonite the Gulf State of Dubai will be 1st one of the region to have driver less mass transport system which is elevated & underground as well.
come 10 09 09 and it will be open for all.
Dubai Metro operations begin on 09/09/09 with 10 stations on the Red Line
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President & Prime Minister of the UAE -Visionary Ruler of Dubai, will officially launch Dubai Metro on 09/09/2009, starting with 10 key stations on the Red Line, namely: Rashidiya, Terminal 3 (Dubai International Airport), City Center, Al Rigga, Union, Khalid bin Al Waleed, Jafliah, Financial Center, Mall of the Emirates, and Nakheel Harbour & Tower.
The minimum Metro fare for a short trip for up to three kilometres will be Dh1.80 if a passenger is using a prepaid card. It will cost Dh2 if the passenger uses a standard single journey paper ticket.
The maximum fare for a single journey will be Dh6.50 when using a paper ticket and Dh5.80 when using the card.
The fares will be valid for trains, public buses and the water buses for a single journey. This means a passenger using the metro can continue his or her trip on buses without paying any additional fare.
The Roads and Transport Authority has provided various fare options to passengers including daily and monthly passes.
The daily pass will cost Dh14 for unlimited trips on the metro and public buses all over the city. The monthly passes range from Dh100 to Dh270.
Just read on khaleejtimes.com that Cars Taxi has added 400 more taxis to their existing fleet of just 800 taxis.
My personal experiences with Taxis in Dubai at large is that you have to wait for something around minimum of an hour to get hold of a taxi. Either there is not taxi, or if there is a taxi, the driver does not stop to allow you to board it.
As the taxis move on, you have the other option of bus — the Dubai Bus. Now this also comes under RTA as the earlier one (the taxis). The buses are ON time — but not on all places. The site declared on all buses does not open at all !!! The RTA site has a link to dubai buses but the routes displayed there do not mention the stops at all.
The RTA needs a rewamp.