Written by Neil King
More than 279,000 passengers have used the Dubai Metro since its official launch last week, new figures show.
Statistics from the government put numbers for September 14th at 42,782, bringing the total across ten stations on the Red Line to 279,782.
This shows a revival of public transport in the emirate, said Peyman Younes Parham, director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) marketing and corporate communication department's administrative support services sector.
He added the response shows a rapid uptake of metro ridership.
"We are thrilled," Mr Parham explained. "Metro and station users are advised to plan their journeys in advance, link their journeys with other transport modes in order to achieve integrated public transport."
Meanwhile, the RTA also announced this week it had opened various bridges and roads aimed at easing traffic congestion and increasing road capacity in Dubai.
The rest of the year will see more projects completed, such as the second phase of the Ittihad Road Improvement and the penultimate stage of the Dubai Bypass Road scheme.