Metro systems have evolved to take one of the biggest roles in modern transportation, with a 160 active systems in 2010 worldwide. In 1863, London, UK was the first city to have an underground metro in the world. In 1987, the Middle East and Africa got their first subway in Cairo, Egypt. The second Middle Eastern metro system was a project that attracted the spot lights. On the 9th September 2009 at 9:09:09 pm Dubai Metro became the newest system to start operation in the ME. Consisting of 2 major lines, the first line (red line) serves 10 stations and a second line (green line) which is under construction, upon completion will make Dubai metro lines the longest in the world overtaking the title from Vancouver Canada’s Sky Train, surpassing its length by 1 km.
With high ambitions and great efforts, Dubai becomes the home of the world’s longest Automated Unmanned Metro. The cost of construction is evaluated at 28 billion dirham ($7.6 billion). Rails were built on the ground, above the ground and under the water of the Persian Gulf, with unmanned trains running on them at the speed of 110 km/h.
Over 280,000 passengers used the Dubai Metro during the first week of its operation, reaching a steady 130,000 passengers/day by the beginning of October 2010. The metro became the newest trend of transportation to be introduced in all of the Arabian Peninsula.
A Year later, Makkah, KSA joined the club with the newest metro system in Middle East, to be the first of its kind in the country and the third in the Middle East. [Read more about Makkah Metro..]
The second line of Dubai Metro (The Green Line) will be launched this September. ArabianBusiness.com reports:
“Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will launch the Dubai Metro Green Line in September, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Saturday. The Green Line will span 23km and include 16 stations in addition to the transfer stations, Union and Khalid bin Al Waleed Stations, which are shared with the Red Line”
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