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Commuters happy to go Green

Passengers on Dubai Metro's new line delighted by reduced journey times

  • By Emmanuelle Landais, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 September 11, 2011
  • Gulf News

Passengers on the new Green Line of Dubai Metro
  • Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News
  • Passengers on the new Green Line of Dubai Metro, which opened to the public for the first time on Saturday.
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Dubai: Mustafa Gheewala's morning commute was cut by 25 minutes overnight thanks to Dubai Metro's new Green Line which opened on Friday, two years after the inaugural Red Line.

The 31-year old Indian lives near the Palm Deira Station between the fish market and the Hyatt Regency. 

He made full use of the first day of public operations Saturday to get to his office near Al Fahidi Station in Bur Dubai.

The newly-opened stations along the 23km track were calm Saturday, sharing nothing in common with the rush of people which flocked through the doors when the Red Line first opened.

"I think this is just because it's an off day and it is the first day," said Gheewala, who used to get the bus.

"This metro is very nice. Instead of taking 30 minutes on the bus and not knowing how traffic would be, I just spent five minutes to get home."

Palm Deira Station in its hues of silver and blue offers great access to not only the fish market but also the Gold Souq and surrounding hotels. A sign has been erected outside the station to warn travellers that fish is not allowed on the trains.

Still and calm

All morning and into the early afternoon Saturday the Green Line stations were surprisingly still and calm.

The new track serves strategic locations along Dubai Creek from the Al Jadaf area, to Healthcare City, and into Bur Dubai where it meets the Red Line at Khalid Bin Al Waleed station and continues on to Al Fahidi, Al Ras, Palm Deira and down the other side of the creek to Union.

From there it heads into Deira's Abu Baker Al Seddiqi street near the Clock Tower, Abu Hail, Al Nahda and terminates at Etisalat station in Al Ghusais.

At Al Ghubaiba station Dr Pam Bhatt, visiting from Malaysia, alighted with her husband.

"It's our first time on the metro and our first impression is that it opened on our wedding anniversary, which is wonderful," she said.

The Bhatts celebrated 22 years of marriage on Friday, the opening day of the Green Line.

"It makes it fantastically easy to get around. It's really very good," she said.

Al Ghubaiba Station is one of two stations, with Al Ras Station, located in Deira that have been built with existing architecture in mind. Due to their proximity to the heritage village in Shindagha and the more traditional feel of the neighbourhoods, the stations are terracotta-coloured, complete with wind towers to blend in with the area.

The spacious stations are set to serve heavily populated and easily congested areas.

As the footfall picked up in Union station, the other connecting station between and Red and Green Line, RTA-appointed ushers showed people the way to their destinations.

Svetlana, 29, from Bulgaria, said: "This is fast and easy now. Looking at the map, I can go to the other side of town."

Comments (28)

  1. Added 17:18 September 11, 2011

    Congrats to every 1 for the Green Line...Time will be saved a lot... I had a doubt and wanted to clear it can any 1 advise me whether the Al Jadaf station has been opened or not as it takes 1 Hour from Al Jadaf to Deira and visa verse.. Thank you....

    Tasneem, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:08 September 11, 2011

    The next best thing to make the metro even more effective, the authorities should provide long shades along the pavement, for example people staying in various locality in Karam could use these shades along the pavemnent to reach the Karama station. This will ease the walk to the station and more number of people will use the metro.

    Dayton, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:35 September 11, 2011

    RTA should provide bus feeders to each station, especially Al Qusais industrial areas and more bus stop with air coditioned cabins.

    Abdul, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:13 September 11, 2011

    it was nice journey, now i can easily go to union metro from near hayat,

    asif, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 15:54 September 11, 2011

    Thanks to the ruler of Dubai and his efforts to bring this service for public. Its really save the time and money of public. Great efforts by Dubai authorities.

    ASIF KHAN, AJMAN, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 15:41 September 11, 2011

    The old man maybe first and last time in the metro. I believe he may have his own car with a driver. But good that the editors decided to put this picture first, so that such discussion start here. In any case, be all polite an give a seat to elder passangers and ladies with children. Otherwise there is no use to be proud of having such high-tech vehicles in the country without having respect to elder generation. I love U.A.E.

    Afi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:08 September 11, 2011

    I am sure the green line is going to make more money than the red line. Its close to some good shopping markets and residences, Thanks to his highness Shaikh, Mohammad for making this possible

    William, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:35 September 11, 2011

    I travelled between Al Fahidi & KBW stn ( Burjuman ),though it was quite but was excellent experience. Thanks RTA

    sanjay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:17 September 11, 2011

    Dear Francis and Cynthia, you both have comented on the old man in the first pic... but if you cleary notice, he is standing in spite of havinv may vacant seats, so it is his choice to stand and no one to be blamed for this.

    Riyas, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 11:58 September 11, 2011

    Ok ok. Why dwell on the man standing? It's pretty obvious that the man is about to leave on the next station. what I think we should dwell is the fact remains that the Metro opens so late on Fridays. Could RTA make it earlier since people may be off that time but they'll be going to the malls for recreation. And I think it's not only the people of Dubai are using this, the Tourists also uses this.

    Albert, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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