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.

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UAE explorer breaks snow-kiting world record

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UAE explorer breaks snow-kiting world record

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GLOBAL WARMING: Dubai based adventurer Adrian Hayes hoped his trip would raise awareness surrounding global warming (Supplied)

GLOBAL WARMING: Dubai based adventurer Adrian Hayes hoped his trip would raise awareness surrounding global warming (Supplied)

A UAE based explorer and adventurer has broken his second world record after completing the longest unsupported snow-kiting expedition across Greenland.

Adrian Hayes, who also holds the Guinness World Record for reaching the earth’s three poles in the shortest amount of time,  took 67 days to walk 4262kms from the northern tip of Greenland to the north-west along with teammates Devon McDiarmid and Derek Crowe.

It was the first time the route had ever been completed.

The former British army Gurkha officer said: “Our expedition the length of Greenland was one of the most strategically challenging and difficult I have accomplished and, whilst I don’t do this for records sake, I’m delighted it has been recognised by Guinness, a nice recognition for a great team effort.”

Hayes, who used kites and skis to complete the distance, hoped his trip would raise awareness surrounding global warming. He said: “Part of the motivation behind the expedition was not to break records, but to draw the world’s attention to the issue of economic, social and environmental sustainability.”

He also added: “Climate change is just one adverse effect of living beyond our means and I used this journey as the most visible example that limitless exponential growth in a finite world will become impossible” says the ambassador for several sustainability bodies.”

The expedition saw the trio encounter extreme conditions including wading through glacial melt water, falling through crevasses, battling fierce storms and braving temperatures as low as -30C.

UAE explorer sets Arctic Guinness world record

UAE explorer sets Arctic Guinness world record
UAE-based British explorer, Adrian Hayes, gains his second world record for 2009 Arctic expedition

Adrian Hayes at the finish of his Greenland quest last year (FILE)

The UAE’s world record-breaking polar explorer and adventurer Adrian Hayes has set a further world record for his unsupported journey across Greenland. The 2009 Emirates NBD Greenland Quest has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the “longest Arctic unsupported snow-kiting expedition” in history.

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