The idea of the metro was conceived due to the need to get around various parts of the city in an environmentally friendly way, due to the city being so vast in size that it would be impossible to walk the area, as well as the hot weather that would make this both uncomfortable and impractical.
This was considered a “must do” “can do” project to help bring the city infrastructure into the 21st century and what a fantastic addition it has proved to be, making a very pleasant addition to the transport issues previously experienced in Dubai.
The local people tend to use this as a far more efficient, cleaner and effective way of getting around the city now. To keep the underground clean and pristine the complete ban of food and drink on the Metro is enforced to make it a pleasant way to enjoy the experience, whilst some people may see this as unfair, the immaculate standards are achieved by this practise. The metro was obviously designed with both the local people and the tourist in mind and is a cheaper and cleaner way than taxi, bus or hire cars.
The Dubai metro is the longest automated metro system in the world to be built in one go. It is unique with having a driverless system. Wi-fi access throughout the network and complete mobile phone coverage available. The trains are equipped with Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system, Wayside Obstacle Detection and front and rear cameras keep the train under constant surveillance. This makes the Dubai Metro one of the safest train systems in the world.
The Dubai Metro has a Dedicated Police force on its network. There are over 3000 CCTV cameras the trains and around the stations, to monitor any breaching of security infringements or breaking of the law. There is an integrated radio system giving direct contact between Metro cars and emergency services, with an emergency Call Box in each train and station.
The normal practise in Dubai of being able to provide a better than first class travel that the country deserves, the Dubai Metro has masterminded “Gold Class” where a gold class cabin is provided on each train. The Gold Class cabins comprise of the following “extras”
Wide leather seats, Exclusive Lighting and Design, and a panoramic view from the front of the train. There are also women & children only cabins on each train.
Dubai Metro map (courtesy of Dubaimetro.eu)
Besides these differences, there will also be four themes to be used in the interiors of all stations: earth, water, fire and air. Earth stations will have a tan-brown colour effects; water will have blue-white colour effects; fire will get orange-red colour effects; and the air will have green colour effects.
Rashidiya, Emirates, Airport Terminal 3, Airport Terminal 1, GGICO, 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, Nakheel, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Nakheel Harbour and Towers, Ibn Battuta, Energy, Jebel Ali Industrial and Jebel Ali
On the Dubai Metro the following grades are used to explain the metro ticket system, elevated Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 (Named T1, T2 and T3, respectively), underground stations (U) and underground transfer station types (UT). Type 1 is the regular at-grade concourse station, Type 2 will be a standard elevated concourse station, and Type 3 will be an elevated special track station. Underground transfer stations will be accommodate the Red and Green lines for easy transfers.
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)
Some other facts of the Metro taken from the Dubai Metro website
•The Dubai Metro is also the world’s longest automated driverless train system
•It had been launched in a record time of four years
•The total cost of the Dubai Metro is estimated at 15 billion dirhams
•There are two metro lines covering the city – The Red Line and The Green Line
•The Red Line has 29 stations covering 52 kms which will be fully operational by Feb 2010
•The Green Line has 18 stations over 23 kms and will be opened in September 2011
•Anyone with a valid ticket/Nol card is eligible to use the Metro – residents or tourists
•There are four types of Nol cards – Silver, Gold, Red and Blue each serving customers as per their requirement
•Train run from 6am to 11pm, Saturday to Thursday and from 2pm to midnight on Fridays. During Ramadan, train times are from 6am to midnight, Saturday to Thursday and 2pm to midnight on Fridays.
•The waiting time between trains during rush hours is 3 minutes 45 seconds and during off peak times is 7 minutes 30 seconds
•First aid crew, security crew in the train cars and station staff will help passengers have a smooth ride