Monday, September 14, 2009

Dubai Opens Luxury Metro

Dubai continues its campaign to have the biggest and best of everything. The tallest building in the world will open there in December and now they have opened the longest automated metro system in the world, complete with luxury compartments, Wi-Fi and air conditioning.

On Wednesday, at 9:09 p.m. on the ninth day of the ninth month of 2009, the first train went into service on the brand new Dubai Metro. The opening of the Burj Dubai, which will be the tallest building in the world and which was originally supposed to open on the same day, has been postponed until December.

The Red Line runs for 52 kilometers, it has 29 stations and separate compartments for first class passengers and for women. It also has wireless Internet service on every train. But most significantly, it only took 30,000 workers four years to finish the world's "longest fully-automated, driverless metro system."

Halfway along the route between the city center and the Jebel Ali container port is the Palm Jumeirah Monorail, which whisks passengers to the man-made island resort of the same name.

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