HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said: “The UAE has exceptional goals and ambitions. Today, we are moving with confidence, determination and a clear vision to attain the highest levels of excellence in various fields.
“Our objective is to provide people everything that ensures their wellbeing, stability and happiness and establish a prosperous future for the coming generations.
“The world is today entering a new phase which brings unprecedented challenges that some may not be prepared to deal with. However, we have a strategy designed to tide over unforeseen challenges and createa positive future.
“Our nation is equipped with the plans, competencies and expertise needed to navigate these challenging global circumstances. We have the ability to overcome all obstacles while sustaining our progress and generating new opportunities.”
The launch took place in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler and First Vice Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai; HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO and Chairman of theEmirates Group; and HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council.
Upon arrival at Jebel Ali Metro Station, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed was welcomed by His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
At the station, His Highness and his entourage watched a movie about the Route 2020 Project built as part of the leadership’s vision to promote the sustainable development of the emirate.
The project was focused on building globally benchmarked infrastructure and services that meet the UAE’s aspirations themed ‘Towards the Next 50 Years’.
The project is part of RTA’s master plan to provide integrated multi-modal mass transit systems comprising of the metro, tram, buses and marine transport.
The movie shed light on the communities served by Route 2020, such as The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai Investment Park and the Expo 2020 site; which have a combined population of about 270,000.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and the entourage toured Jebel Ali Station, an interchange station that spans 8,800 square metres in area with total capacity of 320,000 riders per day. His Highness boarded the new metro train, which features some modifications to the interior design of the metro carriages.
The train stopped at Expo 2020 Station, which boasts a unique design featuring the wings of an aircraft, signifying Dubai’s future drive towards greater innovation.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed unveiled the memorial of Expo 2020 station, an artwork inspired by the phrase “I believe in God” written in Arabic and taken from His Highness’s poem “The Beginning of the Fifty”.
The poem, which encapsulates faith in God and wisdom, motivates the youth to make achievements and raise the standing of the homeland.
RTA will open Route 2020 for the public this September and will reveal details of operations later on.
Through the metro operator, RTA will continue the operational tests and trials over the following months. The test-run comprises of four phases; the first is the Static Test, where a motionless metro carriage will be placed on the track for carrying out a series of tests.
Tests include communication systems, automated operation systems, electrical systems, air-conditioning, onboard electronic devices, lighting systems as well as motoring and braking equipment and the integration between various subsystems and components.
There will also be a key train service to link Terminal 1 Station and Terminal 3 Station of the Dubai International Airport with Expo 2020 Station.
In the near future, Route 2020 will be extended 3.4 km from Expo 2020 Station to Al Maktoum International Airport to ensure a modern metro link between the two airports.
The opening of Route 2020 Projects will bring a host of technical and economic benefits. From a technical perspective, the project will ease the traffic congestions in the areas it serves by 25%, and reduce 100,000 tonnes of carbon emissions by 2022; which will rise to a reduction of 170,000 tonnes by 2030.
Economically, the project will appreciate the rental and sales values of residential and commercial properties within 250 to 500 metres of the metro stations by 20-30%.
With the opening of Route 2020, the total length of the Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines will increase to 90 km. At the same time, the total length of rail networks in Dubai will rise to 101 km (90km for the metro and 11km for the tram).