Dubai Metro lifts 7m passengers since launch
Dubai, January 18, 2010
Dubai Metro, the first driverless metro system in the Gulf region, has lifted 7,592,066 passengers through 11 stations on the Red Line since its launch in September last year, according to the Rail Agency of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
Ramadan Abdullah, director of Rail Operation Department at Rail Agency, said the Metro was witnessing considerable turnout on Fridays, official holidays and also during public events such as the two Eids and National Day celebrations.
According to Ramadan, the Mall of the Emirates Station was still the most attractive to commuters and tourists alike topping the list with 1,265,646 passengers followed by Khalid bin Al Waleed Station with 1,111,301 and the Al Ittihad Station with 1,007,564 passengers.
Al Rashidiya catered to 766,908 passengers followed by Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station with 766,472, Deira City Center Station with 749,930, Financial Center Station with 652,149, Al Rigga Station with 539,692, Al Jafiliya with 407,878, Airport Terminal 3 Station with 294,004 and Dubai Mall Station with 30,522 passengers, said Ramadan, citing the statistics.
He said the success of the Metro was a real success for Dubai and a true reflection of the bustling passenger traffic.
'What we see today is an evidence of the urban mutation witnessed by the city of Dubai in various fields, the latest of which is the Dubai Metro,' he pointed out.
Ramadan said Dubai Metro had succeeded in attracting many people towards using the metro as their main mode of transportation and contributed to reducing traffic congestions and gas emission from some vehicles and motorcycles thus assisting in conserving the environment and adding an atmosphere of fun and joy.
The agency opened the Dubai Mall Station on January 3 this year, a day before the official inauguration of the tallest tower in the world coinciding with the 4th anniversary of accession day of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as Ruler of Dubai, he added.-TradeArabia News Service