Visiting Dubai can often feel like hopping into a time machine to the future. The city emerges out of the desert seemingly from nowhere, with each gleaming skyscraper, landmark, and new building looking more futuristic than the last.
The Dubai Metro has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records, as the longest driver less metro network in the world, spanning 74.695 kilometers. The record has been set taking into account the combined length of the metro’s Green Line which is 52.1 km (32.37 mi) in length and Red Line 22.5 km (13.98 mi).
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 metro is well known for high levels of safety, solid in-train and station-wide connectivity, state of the art NFC payments introduced in 2013, and for its trains that run like clockwork and arrive on time over 99% of the time.
Plans to add four additional lines – the Blue, Purple, Pink and Gold services – will extend the network to 320 km by 2020, which could be the longest in the world at that time.