"Very exciting" monorail opened in Dubai

07/05/2009 - Dubai Investment News
"Very exciting" monorail opened in Dubai

A new monorail has been opened at Gateway Station, Palm Jumeirah, which will further improve transport systems and possibly encourage property investment in Dubai.

The Palm Monorail is the first of its kind to be unveiled in the Middle East and operates from 8am until 10pm every day, with the capacity to transport 2,400 passengers each hour.

Running four trains between the Gateway Towers and Atlantis stations, the system is set to be connected to the already established Dubai Metro before increasing the number of trains in operation to nine per hour.

Marwan Al Qamzi, executive managing director of Nakheel Southern projects, described the launch as "a very exciting day for us".

"The opening is a significant step in the creation of a fully integrated public transport system for Dubai", he added.

The Dubai monorail cost 1.4 billion dirham (£0.1 billion) to construct and it is hoped that it will help to reduce congestion, Maktoob reports.

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