Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) recently organised a seminar for 25 third year architecture students from the American University of Sharjah to raise awareness of the Dubai Metro project and to highlight the benefits it will bring to the Emirate. This followed a request from the students of the University to RTA, to provide them a detailed overview on the architectural design and different stages of the project to make use of the information for their practical projects.
The seminars were given by Abdul Majeed Al Khajah, Director of Dubai Metro Department and Engineer Bassam Mansour, Assistant Director of Dubai Metro Department, who provided an overview on the various design and construction stages and the underground stations of the project. In addition, the seminar focused on the major role this project would play in enhancing Dubai’s image as a tourism and business hub of the region.
Abdul Majeed Al Khajah said, "Dubai Metro will be recognised as one of the most advanced metro systems in the world, and it will be another proof of the rapid economic growth and prosperity that the UAE is witnessing. We make sure that we hire the best metro experts and the most experienced and skilled personnel in this domain to work on the project. Moreover, Dubai Metro offers a lot of job opportunities for Nationals who will undergo training programs to efficiently operate and ensure the smooth functioning of the Metro.”
Dubai Metro will help in significantly decreasing the road traffic in the emirate. Totaling 70 kilometers, the two lines will have 55 stations in all - 35 along the 50 km long Red Line, and 22 stations along the 20 km long Green Line. The two transfer stations will be at Al Ittihad Square and BurJuman. The 87 trains that are part of Dubai Metro provide the highest levels of comfort and have five cars, including one for first-class section and an exclusive section for women and children.
Dr. Manisha Singh, Assistant Professor, American University of Sharjah, said, “This seminar has proved highly beneficial to students who were given valuable insights by officials from Roads & Transport Authority. The assignments given to the students on the design of the metro station also added further value to the whole exercise. I appreciate and thank RTA for the time and effort spent on a seminar like this.”
“In the coming months we will be organising more workshops on a regular basis for school and college students, as this gives us an opportunity to highlight different aspects of the project and the benefits it will bring to the emirate. The first train on the metro carrying passengers is expected to be flagged off in 2009,” concluded Al Khajah.
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