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820 metre Dubai Mall-Metro link the longest of its kind

Dubai Mall’s 820-metre walkway is step in right direction for shoppers

DUBAI // An air-conditioned pavement in the sky measuring close to a kilometre in length has become the latest feature at Dubai Mall.

The glass-enclosed walkway, with its 10 airport-style travelators, runs from the second floor of the world’s biggest shopping mall to the Burj Khalifa Metro station. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to walk the length of it.

“At 820 metres, the Metro link is one of the longest of its kind,” said Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director of Emaar Properties.

“The direct connection with the Dubai Metro … will help in reducing traffic and enable visitors to simply walk across from the station to Dubai Mall.”

The walkway and its 70 to 120metre-long travelators can accommodate more than 13,500 pedestrians an hour. It also provides access to Souq Al Bahar, Emaar Square and Emaar Boulevard.

The designers say they were inspired by traditional Arabian latticing known as Mashrabiya, which can be seen in their use of projecting windows and stained glass panels.

Marina Salvaridi, a tourist from Russia, said the walkway was convenient for newcomers like herself who struggled to find their way around.

“This direct access from the station ensures I do not get lost,” she said. “It is also good because we are out of the heat.”

Lea Distrito, a shop attendant in Dubai Mall, said it was great to get a little exercise.

“Also, it’s nice to be able to see from the windows the other landmarks in the area as we head to the mall.”

For Smita Baser, the walk was too exhausting. The mother of two, who has lived in Dubai for 10 years, usually takes one of the feeder buses that operate between the station and the mall’s entrance.

“If I were alone, it would be fine. But it is a little tiring with two children in tow,” said Ms Baser.

“I thought I’d take this because they were promoting it at the information desk. I did not realise it would be such a long walk.”

Dubai Ruler visits world’s first facility dedicated to A380

Dubai Ruler visits world’s first facility dedicated to A380

Dec 27, 2012

DUBAI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, toured the new Emirates Airbus A380 Concourse 3 yesterday.

The facility – the world’s first dedicated to the super-jumbos – is at Dubai International Airport and is due to welcome its first flight in January, according to the state news agency, Wam.

Sheikh Mohammed was joined  by his son, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai – among many other dignitaries, ministers and higher officials – during his inspection.

They were briefed by Khalifa Al Zafeen, chief executive officer of Dubai Aviation City.

Concourse 3 is 650 metres long and 90 metres wide with 11 storeys, four of them underground, according to Mr Al Zafeen.

There are automated passenger transport points for arrivals and departures.

During his one-hour visit, Sheikh Mohammed toured gates dedicated to lining up Airbus 380s, which were equipped with loading bridges for passengers to move between the planes and the terminal.

There are six additional gates for planes parked further away.

Concourse 3 has first and business-class lounges, four- and five-star hotels and a mall with 40 counters to follow flights and airlines. An internal metro carries passengers to and from Terminal 3, which is dedicated to Emirates Airlines flights.

It also connects to Terminal 2, which has a capacity for 19 million passengers annually. Overall, Concourses 2 and 3 will have a capacity for 43 million passengers annually.

Sheikh Mohammed wandered through the arrivals hall of Terminal 3 and inspected the counters.

At the end of his trip, he took the Metro to Burj Khalifa, describing the rail network as “the project of the century”.

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Gulf News Fun Drive gears up to create world record

Gulf News Fun Drive gears up to create world record

By Sharmila Dhal, Senior reporter, XPRESS
Published: Dec 27, 2012 3:41 AM

  • Image Credit: Gulf News Archives
  • XXXXX: Participants enjoying during the Fun Drive 2012

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Dubai: Here’s a chance to get into the Guinness World Records. All you have to do is join in the Gulf News Overnighter Fun Drive on January 11 and 12 and throw your weight in a record attempt that could end up being the “largest convoy of off-road vehicles”.

The effort will be verified and certified by representatives of Guinness World Records who are being specially flown in for the event.

The Fun Drive, sponsored by Al Futtaim Motors – Toyota, will start on January 11 from The Sevens, where participants will check in beginning at 6am. The first car will leave at 7.30am for the eight-hour drive to reach the camp by 4pm. Once there, they will stay overnight and drive home the next day after breakfast.

In its 32nd edition since its launch in 1986, the Fun Drive has been designed to give residents a chance to experience the desert. From 75 four-wheel drives in its first year it grew to 750 cars when it became an overnight event.

This year’s route is uncharted with over 95 per cent of it being off-road.

Highlights include sighting of gazelles along the route.

The drive is being held with the support of the Emirates Motor Sports Federation. Around 60 marshals will be present to assist participants.

A team of 300 Gulf News personnel will also man checkpoints and take care of organisational details. The International Automobile Touring Club will be in charge of recovery.


Entry is open to all, but preference will be given to Gulf News subscribers. It is for four-wheel drive vehicles only with a maximum of four passengers plus driver. Registration can be done daily from 9am to 2pm at the Gulf News offices on Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Abu Dhabi and Al Ain participants can register at the Gulf News offices between 9am and 2pm on working days only (Sunday-Thursday). The rates: Dh300 per adult and Dh175 per child.

Most expensive Car Plate in the world!


Another record breaking feat for the capital came in February 2008, with the sale of the most expensive car plate in the world. License plate No. 1 was bought at auction for a staggering Dh52.2 million by Abu Dhabi businessman Saeed Al Khouri, breaking the previous record of plate No. 5, which was sold to his cousin for Dh25.2 million.

Dubai ranks third in the world for taxi service

Dubai ranks third in the world for taxi service

Dubai also ranked third best for shopping after New York and Bangkok

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 17:09 December 18, 2012

Dubai: Dubai has been ranked third in the world for its taxi services behind Tokyo and Singapore, in a survey by a leading international travel website.

According to’s annual Cities Survey, which looks into how travellers and locals view 40 key tourist cities around the world, Dubai is also the third best for shopping after New York City and Bangkok.

The results were compiled based on more than 75,000 responses to a survey sent to those who have recently written tripadvisor reviews on the featured cities.

The splendid results for Dubai have obviously elated the city’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), which governs taxi services.

“This is great news for the city and apt reward for all our hard work, I congratulate His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for this achievement,” said Eisa Abdul Rahman Al Dossary, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

He attributed RTA’s continuous success to the clear vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad to achieve the best in all aspects.

“There are four to five factors which have helped us forge ahead to this level so quickly. Number one is the clear vision of our leadership, number two is our willingness to help people, number three is our ability to deliver what we say and finally we start where people end in terms of technology,” added Al Dossary.

He said that whatever Dubai has achieved is special because the cities that “we are competing against are mostly European and American cities which were established a long time ago and, compared to them, we are fairly new, but still we have managed to be on a par with them when it comes to transport service.”

Al Dossary asserted that Dubai offers world-class transport services at affordable rates and that is the key to its success.

Around 8,000 taxis managed by eight franchises operate in Dubai and this year they have managed to clock 96 million trips.

Dubai Metro sets Guinness World Record as the longest driverless metro line

Dubai bags another world record: It’s Metro now

Dubai Metro sets Guinness World Record as the longest driverless metro line

Published Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The achievement is a further addition to the achievement already made by the Dubai Metro Red Line in September 2011 in setting a Guinness World Record as the longest driverless metro line in the world extending 52 km.

HE Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), received the Guinness Certificate from Talal Omar, Regional Director of Guinness Book of World Records in the Middle East, in the presence of Adnan Al Hammadi, CEO of Rail Agency, and several Directors of the RTA.

Al Tayer, dedicated the achievement to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, who is the driving force of the Dubai Metro project.

“The implementation of the Dubai Metro project is a true testament to the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in uplifting the infrastructure of Dubai Emirate. HH has been closely monitoring and directing all phases of the work progress in the project, and endorsed the suitable route from several alternatives presented.

“HH envisioned using the metro as a backbone linking various parts of Dubai city enabling commuters smooth mobility while enjoying a panoramic view of the city’s landmarks. Parts of the track have been selected to be underground and others elevated to support this vision and suit the urban layout of the Dubai city.

“From inception, HH directed to make the Dubai Metro the best in the world and therefore cutting-edge technology of rail industry has been endorsed including an air-conditioning system in stations and trains befitting the climatic conditions of Dubai urban districts. All trains are operated by an integrated electronic system enabling the exercising of enhanced control and setting trip timings in a highly accurate format.

“The metro stations feature a creative and distinctive architectural design pattern, and are been fitted with the latest safety and security techniques. Parking lots have been allocated for private vehicles and public buses in each station.

“The total length of the Green and Red Lines combined amount to 74.694 km of which 52 km are on the Red Line, and 22.694 km are on the Green Line. The metro has a total of 47 stations of which 29 stations are on the Red Line and 18 stations are on the Green Line.

“The two lines intersect twice; first at the Union Station which is the biggest underground metro station in the world spanning an area of 25,000 square meters, and second at Khalid bin Al Waleed Station; which is one of the most stunning metro stations in the world, thus enabling users smooth transfer between the two lines through these two stations,” said Al Tayer in a concluding remark.

Talal Omar, Regional Director of Guinness Book of World Records in the Middle East, said: “The Certificate has been awarded to the Dubai Metro following a tour by a team from the Guinness Book of World Records on the Red and Green Lines of the Dubai Metro where measurements of the two lines have been taken.” He expressed his delight to have this global achievement registered in the name of Dubai Emirate to embellish Arab achievements records.

Talal was highly impressed by the Dubai Metro project and the fabulous design of the metro stations featuring different themes of water, air, fire, and earth as well as the iconic heritage-inspired designs. He also admired the functionality of the system citing the orderly and disciplined users of the metro as well as the rapid growth in the metro ridership which is continuously on the rise.