Dubai Metro Opens!

The Dubai Metro Red Line that we have manufactured, and delivered since 2008, started service (opened) on September 9, 2009. The opening ceremony was held at the Dubai Mall of the Emirates Station. On the day of the ceremony, our President Sakurai with executives from the five companies of Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Obayashi Corporation, Kajima Corporation, and Yapi Merkezi (from Turkey), which collectively make up DURL (Dubai Rapid Link Consortium), paid a courtsy visit to Chairman H. E. Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, and CEO Abdulmajid AL Khaja, both of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), and offered their congratulations. At the same time, President Sakurai presented Chairman Al Tayer with a model of a Dubai Metro passenger car as a commemorative gift. Chairman Al Tayer expressed his gratitude for the high-quality train service being ready on time so that they could meet the scheduled opening date. Whilst not fully opened, the section running from Rashidiya Station to Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station — approximately 40 km of the entire track length of 52 km — could be used with 10 of the total of 29 stations open.

* The new transportation project in Dubai was a project to introduce an automated driverless system for the first time in the Middle East. In 2005, a consortium made up of the five companies of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Obayashi Corporation, Kajima Corporation, and Yapi Merkezi (from Turkey) won a full turn key contract for the total railway system. As part of this system, our company with its wealth of experience in exporting to the Middle East was chosen to manufacture the passenger cars, with Thales from Canada and Italy respectively chosen to supplying the signaling and communication systems.
We have been actively involved in the project receiving an order for 395 rail vehicles.

The executives of RTA and DURL put an eye in a Dharma doll.

Presentation of the commemorative gift
Chairman Al Tayer (left) and President Sakurai (right)
The opening ceremony was held at the Mall of the Emirates Station, in the presence of
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President,the Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. After a greeting by Chairman Al Tayer, the Dubai Metro was introduced by means of a 3D movie and there followed a firework display.
Each station has designs that incorporate the four themes of air, fire, water, and earth.
The front ends of the automated driverless vehicles have front view windows and so people always gather there.
In addition, a variety of panoramas ranging from the desert to the city stretch out as the trains move along, making the line so popular that there have been restrictions on the number of people that can enter the station ticket gates to alleviate safety concerns.
Considering the view from Dubai’s cluster of high-rise buildings, the roofs of the passenger cars are also uniquely painted.

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