Wednesday 26 February 2020

Dubai Metro major pillar of our infrastructure: Sheikh Mohamed

DUBAI, September 9, 2019

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Dubai's Ruler, said the development projects implemented across the UAE are chiefly aimed at ensuring the highest quality of life for all citizens and visitors.

These projects are aimed at achieving the highest standards in accordance with global best practices, he stated.

Sheikh Mohammed pointed out that the development drive in the UAE seeks to improve all aspects of life and provide the best services to all segments of society. It also supports the goal of achieving the top ranking in global competitiveness indicators across sectors.

The Dubai ruler was speaking at a key ceremony held on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Dubai Metro, which was launched by him on September 2009.

Dubai Metro, the world's longest driverless metro project, was one of the most important initiatives undertaken by the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai (RTA), he added.

The launch of the massive mass transportation system was aligned with Sheikh Mohammed’s vision to strengthen the foundations of a green economy and achieve sustainable development through the adoption of efficient and environmentally friendly solutions.

"Dubai Metro is a key pillar of our infrastructure. It reflects the advancement of our plans to adopt solutions that make life easier for people. Our investments in this sector reflect our keenness to create the best solutions for easy and safe mobility for all," he stated.

He expressed his appreciation for the achievements of Dubai Metro, saying it is a high quality addition to the transport infrastructure in Dubai, and a model for forward-looking projects that feature advanced technology.

"The project was the first of its kind in the Arab world and among the most advanced in the world. Our goal is to be at the forefront of the global future industry," he added.

"The metro's success in achieving the goals we launched 10 years ago embodies our forward-thinking decisions and awareness of the importance of adopting of innovative future-oriented solutions. In the beginning, some were unenthusiastic about the idea of creating Dubai Metro. We chose to implement the metro project because we realised the value it would add to society by providing safe and sustainable transportation," he stated.

"In the last 10 years, our investments in the roads and transport sector have reached almost Dh100 billion, which have laid the foundations of a strong infrastructure. We are dedicated to raising the quality of our infrastructure and ensuring we are second to none," he noted.

Dubai’s RTA celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Dubai Metro on September 9.

Sheikh Mohammed commended the projects and initiatives of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) that have contributed to the enhancement of Dubai’s global reputation.

His Highness also thanked all those who participated in the implementation of such projects that have contributed to transforming Dubai into a global model for cities that prioritise the happiness of society.

The first decade of the metro’s operations has seen exceptional successes including its full compliance with top global safety standards and high levels of operational efficiency reflected in on-time journeys.

The fact that over 1.5 billion riders have used Dubai Metro since the launch of the service (as of end of August 2019) further underscores the success of the operations.-TradeArabia News Service


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