Dubai Metro launch
Dubai unveils $7.6-billion mass-transit rail system...
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, boarded the first ever Dubai Metro train on Wednesday night.
Fireworks lit up the sky around the Mall of the Emirates station to commemorate the event.
Before boarding the train, Shaikh Mohammad introduced the blue Nol travel cards, which are personalised with his picture.
The train is pictured leaving the Mall of the Emirates station on its maiden journey.
Members of the public will be able to use the Metro from Thursday, September 10.
Shaikh Mohammad punched in the first ticket exactly at 9pm, 9 minutes and 9 seconds, on 09/09/09.
Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station was the official opening station for lucky winners of the Golden Ticket competition.
A conductor makes an announcement on the first journey of the Dubai Metro train
People queue up to use their Nol cards to gain entry at the Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station.
The inside of the Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station.
Earlier in the evening, Shaikh Mohammad, accompanied by officials and members of the press, arrived at the Mall of the Emirates Metro station for the official launch.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad with Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, with officials after the inaugural Dubai Metro train arrived at Al Rashidiya Station on Wednesday.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (extreme right), Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, officiated the launch of the Dubai Metro on 9th September 2009.
The metro will eventually become the world's longest driverless train system...
Dubai Metro, the world’s longest automated driverless train system built in just 4 years.A Metro train makes a trial run on the Red Line on Shaikh Zayed Road. The Metro will help commuters reach strategic areas of the city, and will also branch out into the suburbs through future extensions.
It is the world’s largest automated driverless train system – with just under 75km of magnetic track. The Metro will be able to carry up to 27,000 passengers in each direction every hour.
Winners of the RTA 'Gold Ticket' competition had the privilege of riding in the first Metro train from Nakheel Harbour and Tower to Mall of the Emirates station.
Sheikh Mohammed at Al Rashidiya station.
The Burj Al-Arab hotel provides the backdrop as the new Dubai metro train undertakes a final test run.
The new Dubai metro train will run both above and below ground.
Workers make the final preparations for the opening of a metro station in Dubai.
The Dubai metro track is seen along Sheikh Zayed Road, adjacent to luxurious new high-rise towers.
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