Posted by Bob Brunskill
The Dubai Metro has transported more than seven million passengers since its launch on September 9th 2009, new figures reveal.
According to Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the Mall of the Emirates Station was the most used station from the opening until January 9th 2010 with more than 1.26 million passengers. This was followed by Khalid bin Al Waleed Station with 1.11 million passengers and Al Ittihad Station with one million passengers.
Ramadan Abdullah, director of the rail operation department at Dubai's Rail Agency, said that the Metro is helping to support Dubai's metropolitan growth and promote sustainable travel.
"What we see today is an evidence of the urban mutation witnessed by the city of Dubai in various fields, the latest of which is Dubai Metro," he said.
Mr Ramadan noted that the Metro is experiencing particularly high turnouts on Fridays, official holidays and public events such as the two Eids and National Day celebrations.
Earlier this month, the RTA opened the Dubai Mall Station near the site of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, with the aim of facilitating business and tourism at the site.