On the 9th day of the 9th month 2009, a group of passengers will be taken across Dubai for the very first time, by train.
While residents remain permanently divided on the merits of actual public transport over the luxury of private travel, the metro will revolutionise the way people explore the city. Visitors and locals played witness as futuristic pod-like stations began to appear in commuter hotspots, linking the vast stretches of concrete track that snake through through the heart of the city.
Modelled on the transport systems of London, Paris, Berlin, Hong Kong and Singapore, every station will give access to air-conditioned walkways and bridges, park and ride services and taxi stands to ease the comfort of traveling during the hotter months.
The Dubai Metro’s 52km Red Line will roll its shiny blue bullet trains onto the track ahead of the Green Line in 2010, instantly propelling this former fishing village into a cosmopolitan future.
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