An inter-city mass transit line for the UAE

It was reported on ‘Khaleej Times’ of Dubai that it will be announced towards the end of the year. 

Dubai Metro Station
Dubai Metro Station

Whilst participating to the International Transport Forum summit 2015 in Leipzig, Germany, the UAE’s minister of Public Works said last week that the UAE are considering a linking line between all major cities in the near future.  He added that he hoped the proposal would become reality before the forthcoming Expo 2020 and that these are currently progressing as planned.

He was quoted as saying :  “Leading up to the Dubai Expo 2020, we want to focus on integrating public transportation between the seven Emirates.  We want to make it easier for people from across the UAE to reach the Expo grounds in Jebel Ali”.

Dubai Metro
Dubai Metro line past the ‘World Trade Centre’

He dwelt on the challenges he is facing in the integration of all public transport across the country and how any infrastructure should be based on ‘well worked out levels of demand’.

Would it be that the UAE’s government is perhaps weary of over-investing into a system of transportation that after all would not be serving the Emiratis directly, but rather moving a majority of expatriate workers to and from their place of work, home, etc.?

 

The minister took opportunity to mention also the ongoing GCC railways scheme within the UAE that according to him is moving well and that by the end of the year, he will be sitting with all his GCC’s counterparts to review the situation by then.

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