Telecom operators in the UAE marked the anniversary of Dubai Metro by changing the network name on mobile handsets.
Phone users on the Etisalat and du networks woke on Monday to see the words ‘Dubai Metro’ had appeared along the top of their phone screens.
The name change was made to celebrate the Metro’s tenth year in operation and was a nod to its great success.
About 1.5 billion passengers have used Dubai Metro since it opened 10 years ago, on September 9, 2009, at 9.09pm.
Now one of the most popular public transport means in Dubai, the Metro was introduced to tackle traffic congestion caused by the city’s rapidly growing population.
With tickets starting at a few dirhams, Dubai Metro recorded 101 million trips between January and June this year, making it one of the preferred transport options for commuters in the city.
Etisalat and du often make temporary changes to network names to mark different observation days in the UAE.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had inaugurated the Red Line of Dubai Metro spanning a total length of 52 km and comprising of 29 stations (includes 4 underground, 24 elevated and one at-grade). The red line connects Jebel Ali to Rashidiya through 29 metro stations.
Exactly after two years, on September 09, 2011, Sheikh Mohammed launched the Green Line o Dubai Metro spanning a total length of 23 km and comprising 18 stations (includes 6 underground and 12 elevated). The Green Line connects Etisalat Station (in Al Qusais) to Al Jaddaf near Business Bay Crossing.
Both lines intersect at the Union and Burjuman stations. Dubai Metro is the world’s largest automated driverless system and a bona fide attraction for Dubai tourists.