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The Dubai Metro Is Pulling Into The Air-Conditioned Station [Sep. 11th, 2009|02:42 am]
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Ground was ceremoniously broken for the Dubai Metro on November 1, 2005. Less than four years later, it has become a zero-emissions reality. The light rail was inaugurated on 09-09-09, and opened to the public on September 10. Ten stations across Dubai are open for shiny, futuristic business.


This is the "Financial Centre" Station, situated directly in front of the building I lived in when I moved to Dubai in Feb of 2004. (That's not my former home, shown. That's a similar building across the street.)


Inside the Financial Centre Station, as antivert and I exited to meet friends.


The same station, an hour and a half later, when dubaiwalla and I went back to ride around until it closed.


Map of zones and stations, displayed in Al Rigga (pronounced "Arr-r-r-r-rigga") Station.


Happy commuters, on the go! This is one of the platforms in the superlatively massive Union Station.


Tunnel vision: Watching a tunnel like it's television. These kids were waiting for a train to pass, going the opposite way. So were we, in fact.


Whenever one did, it looked like this.


And because I know you're wondering, here's what the Metro trains look like on the inside!
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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2009-09-10 11:29 pm (UTC)
> like it's television

Do the trains run on the left side of the tracks??! Or is this the view out of the rear of the train?
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2009-09-11 04:41 am (UTC)
The latter.

Perhaps I need a real transport icon.
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[User Picture]From: premkudva
2009-09-11 04:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for that post, nothing on TV or on the paper regarding this event.
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[User Picture]From: pongatari
2009-09-11 02:15 pm (UTC)
Friggin' awesome pics as always.
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2009-09-11 10:09 pm (UTC)
ooh, finally!
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[User Picture]From: nativeinformant
2009-09-12 05:27 pm (UTC)
so hard to imagine that it's really there. I can't wait to use it myself!
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[User Picture]From: dogsofeternity
2009-09-13 05:57 am (UTC)
the whiskey i had earlier plus your stair pics are not mixing well...but, i pushed through.....happy to see that the trains are up and running....i was just thinking about them the other day, thinking, hmmm, the trains are supposed to start up this month......and indeed, they have. hooray!!!
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