Dubai Metro is five years old

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Today (Tuesday) is the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Dubai Metro – the longest driverless urban light railway in the world.

The 52-kilometre Red Line was opened, in September 2009 and began with 10 stations connecting Rashidiya to Jebel Ali.

This was followed by the opening of the 23km Green Line in 2011, connecting Al Qusais to Dubai Creek.

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The network now consists of 47 stations, including 10 underground. For Dh5.80, a traveler can get from one end of the city to the other on a regular ticket, while a gold-class ticket costs Dh11.60. .

The Roads and Transport Authority said the number of passengers daily has jumped by nearly 10 times – from 60,000 passengers in 2009 to about 500,000 this year.

The aim is for the metro to account for 30% of all journeys made in Dubai by 2030. Last year, the network accounted for 13%.

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