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Dubai metro launch 9, September 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in The Emirates.
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The BBC reports that Dubai’s eagerly anticipated metro system will launch on Wednesday. Despite costing twice its initial estimate and coming when Dubai is in the midst of a financial crunch of epic proportions, many hope that the metro will be able to tease Emiratees and Expats out of their cars to relieve some of the congestion on the Emirate’s roads.

Some facts and figures:

– Cost overrun to around $7.6 billion

Total length of planned tracks – 318km

– Groundbreaking was in February 2002

– There will be VIP carriges as well as dedicated women only ones

– Trains planned to arrive every 1.5 minutes at peak times

– Dubai has the highest number of cars / person radio in the world (1:1.84)

(Sources: MEED, Arabian Business,

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