It can be told that the generation today is amazingly surprising due to continuous innovations and advancement of the high technologies.. may it be in food ( instantly packed and ready to eat for busy buddies), gadgets (such as mobiles, i-pad, laptop, CCTV, home furniture etc.), and even mode of transportation.
Let’s talk about the one of the convenient mode of transportations which is the TRAIN J
From the time that train transport was discovered decades ago, it has gone a long way from wooden & stone railways, we have now the electric powered steel rail ways.
UAE’s Dubai Metro is a fully automated driver less metro train wherein the idea was first posited in 1990, its design formulated 14 years later, in 2004. In 2005, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries signed the building contract, and reality came:
1. Dubai Metro – 52km Red line was launched as Sept. 09, 2009, in Mall of Emirates Galleria, marking a historical day for the city.. The metro was launched with 10 stations operational out of 29. Full operational on 28th April 2010.
- Airport Terminal 3
- Airport Terminal 1
- Deira City Centre
- Al Rigga
- Union Square
- Khalid Bin Al Waleed
- Al Karama
- Al Jafiliya
- World Trade Centre
- Emirates Towers
- Financial Centre
- Burj Khalifa
- Business Bay
- Al Quoz
- First Gulf Bank
- Mall of the Emirates
- Sharaf DG
- Dubai Internet City
- Dubai Marina
- Jumeirah Lake Towers
- Nakheel Harbour and Towers
- Ibn Battuta
- Jebel Ali Industrial
- Jebel Ali
Remarks: Metro stations in Deira City Center, Union, Khalid Bin Al Waleed & Mall of Emirates are the most populated commuters.
2. Dubai Metro – 23km Green line was inaugurated last on Sept. 09, 2011, in Dubai Health Care Center City Station.
- Al Qusais 2 Station (T3)
- Al Qusais 1 Station (T2)
- Airport Free Zone Station (T2)
- Al Nahda Station (T2)
- Stadium Station (T2)
- Al Quiadah Station (T2)
- Abu Hail Station (T2)
- Abu Baker Al Siddique Station (T2)
- Salahuddin Station (U)
- Union Square Station (UT, connecting to Red Line)
- Baniyas Square Station (U)
- Palm Deira Station (U)
- Al Ras Station (U)
- Al Ghubaiba Station (U)
- Saeediya Station (U)
- Khalid Bin Waleed Station (UT, connecting to Red Line)
- Oud Metha Station (T2)
- Health Care City Station (T2)
- Jeddaf 1 Station (T2)
- Jeddaf 2 Station (T2)
Remarks: Al Fahidi, Baniyas Square & Al Ghubaiba are the most populated commuters.
The two lines intersect twice: 1.) t at the Union Station which is the biggest underground metro station in the world spanning an area of 25,000 square meters; 2.) at Khalid Bin Al Waleed Station which is one of the most stunning metro stations in the world, thus enabling users smooth transfer between the two lines through these two stations.
Metro was the result of the vision drawn up for Dubai to become the first city in the region to have an integrated public transport system, because it is the financial, tourism and trade hub.
In Dubai-UAE, commuters are experiencing comfort in riding the METRO train for the following reasons:
RELIABILITY. Since rails are on schedule (train arrival every 4 minutes), as long as you plan your journey correctly, you should be able to get to your destination on time. Moreso, since there is no traffic on a rail line, you are not affected by how many other people are travelling in the same direction as you.
EASE & COMFORT. Since you do not have to drive yourself, you are able to complete other activities while riding the train ( such as taking care of other business or assignments, excluding sleeping as it is not allowed inside the trainJ ).
COST. As petrol/gasoline prices continue to increase, the cost of taking a train is money saving because the cost of ticket/NOL is definitely lower compared to gas, car maintenance and amortization of your car.
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY. Less traffic on the streets and your share in saving the earth from pollution emitted from your car.
COMMUNITY. Riding the train may help you create friendships with other strangers. If you take the train everyday from the same station at the same time, you have the chance to get to know the people around you which could lead to friendships. IT’s always great to meet new people and become part of their lives. Also, more people are able to travel together if you like train, than vehicle.
In addition, “as early bird catches the worm”, you may get hold of the “READ” magazines being distributed for free in the magazine rack in all metro stations in a weekly basis.
In some occasions, Metro gives free rides for the whole day such as annual anniversary.
Should there be disadvantage in using METRO as mode of transportation, it is only minimal and isolated cases such as:
IF you are claustrophobic, Metro train is not for you as there are lots of people who ride the train especially during peak hours.
If the train suddenly stops due to electric failure along the way, no other way but to find a way out of the train.
The RTA’s Dubai Metro Network is one the most advanced urban rail projects in the world today.
I. On 31st July 2012,RTA launches four (4) express trains in Dubai Metro’s Red Line, expecting to start from October 2012, cutting a total travel time by 10 minutes, 5 months trial, and will be available during peak hours. Train will have normal speeds but will just skip less popular stations to save time. The trains will also stop at the following stations: Emirates, Al Rigga, Union, Khalid Bin Waleed, Al Karama, Al Jafiliya, Emirates Towers, Noor Islamic Bank, First Gulf Bank, Dubai Internet City, Ibn Battuta, and Jebel Ali.
The first two trains will start from Al Rashidiya and Jebel Ali at 5:30am, while the next two stations at 5:40am.
- II. Last 21st February 2012, The Dubai Metro has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records, as the longest driverless metro network in the world, spanning 74.695 kilometers. The record has been set taking into account the combined length of the metro’s Green and Red Lines.
- III. As per the releases statistics of RTA dtd. 21st January 2012:
“The Dubai Metro comprising the Red and Green Lines, has lifted more than 69 million passengers in 2011. The number of commuters who used the Red Line reached 60.024 million passengers, and the number of commuters who used the Green Line, which has been launched on 09/09/2011, reached 8.982 million passengers, thus the daily ridership of the metro currently exceeds 191 thousand passengers. The total ridership of public buses in 2011 reached 107.407 million passengers making an average of about 298 thousand passengers per day.
To summarize the features an amenities of Dubai Metro train:
- 47 stations, 9 underground
- 2 transfer stations (Union Square and Khalid Bin Waled)
- 87 trains in the metro system
- 75 kilometres total
- Train signaling: Fully-automated operation by Thales Rail Signaling Solution, minimum headway of 90 seconds.
- Metro Operations Hours
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- Sunday – Wednesday 5:50am to 00:00pm
- Thursday 5:50am to 01:00am
- Friday 1:00pm to 01:00am
- Saturday 5:50am to 24:00pm
- 5-car trains
- Each train can accommodate 643 passengers, seated and standing
- The 5 cars on each train are split into 3 classes: Gold (VIP) class (1car), Women and children (1car), Silver class (3 cars)
- Gold class has 18 seats and is furnished with luxorious interior and leader rating
- Women and children class has space for strollers and bags
- Silver class is finished in a combination of blues and greens
- Driverless operation
- Trained wardens to accompany passengers to help with emergencies
- Seating arranged in a variety of ways, giving passengers the choice between Windows views and chatting with friends
- All train cars have reserved wheelchair spaces for those with special needs
- Policy of priority rating for elderly, injured, special needs and pregnant passengers
- Variety of safety device on trains, including closed circuit television
- Every station will have bus connections, taxi pick-up and places to lock bicycles
- All stations have escalators and lifts where necessary
- There is a station every 1.5 km on average
- Station types: Type 1 at grade, Type 2 regular elevated, Type 3 special elevated, Underground
- Station Themes: Earth (12 stations), Water (13 stations), Air (11 stations), Fire (11 stations)
- Roof shape is inspired by pearl diving heritage of the UAE
- 29 stations: 24 elevated, 4 underground, 1 at ground level
- Frequency every 3:45 minutes during peak times, 7:00 minutes during off-peak hours
- Initially 38 trains in service, 51 trains in service by 2010
- Initial capacity arend 11,675 passengers per direction per hour
- 52.1 km total, 4.7 km underground (under Dubai Creek)
- Expected travel time one-way: 1 hour 12 min
- Expected travel time round-trip: 2 hours 23 min
- 20 stations: 12 elevated, 8 underground
- Initially 16 trains in service, 60 trains in service by end of 2010
- Initial capacity around 6.394 passengers per direction per hour
- 22.5 km total
- Expected travel time round-trip: 1 hour 23 minutes
THEREFORE, If you want to be practical, Metro train is recommended to alter your daily routine.
Written by : Riza Dubai UAE