The Dubai Metro celebrate its third anniversary today, clocking 184 million passengers from the start of operations till the end of August 2012. On this day in 2009, Dubai celebrated the opening of the Red Line, which extends 52km and comprises 29 stations (4 underground, 24 elevated, and 1 at the grade).
After two years of the Red Line operation, Dubai on September 9, 2011, launched the Green Line, which spans 23km and comprises 18 stations (6 underground, 12 elevated), and the two lines intersect at Khalid Bin Al Waleed and Al Ittihad Stations.
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said, "This huge success has gone beyond the boundaries of the emirate to the world over, stamping the prominent standing of Dubai as a distinctive metropolitan city and a hub for business and sophisticated living standards.
The Dubai Metro is also viewed as an iconic addition to the landmarks of Dubai
The Dubai Metro is also viewed as an iconic addition to the landmarks and high-flying achievements of Dubai, particularly as it used cutting-edge technology of the rail industry, and carved a niche for itself as the world's longest driverless Metro project.
"The Dubai Metro project is a brainchild of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in providing an integrated infrastructure of road networks and transit systems comprising railroads, public buses, marine transit modes and modern traffic technologies in the context of endeavors to provide an integrated transit system capable of matching the sweeping development seen by the Emirate and measuring up to its futuristic ambitions,” said Al Tayer.