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4 GCC Metro Systems to look out for…
As Dubai Metro turns three today Kipp brings you some of the upcoming metro projects in the GCC.
September 9, 2012 3:57 by Jyothi M.V.
World’s longest driverless metro system celebrated its third anniversary today. The Dubai Metro costs $29.6 billion and stretches up to 69.7km. It has two lines – Red and Green – & 42 stations.
The 131 km long Abu Dhabi Metro system is expected to cost $7 billion and will be operational by 2016 and is owned by Abu Dhabi Department of Transport.
Qatar Railways Company plans to build a metro system worth $36 billion in Doha. The project will be completed just in time for the 2022 football world cup. The first phase of the construction will have Red, Green and Yellow lines spanning a distance of 129km linking Al Khor in the north down to Al Wakrah and Mesaieed in the south.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia plans to build a metro system in Jeddah. The project would cost around $9.3 billion and 2019 will be the estimated year of completion. The metro system would be 108km long and would have three lines – Blue, Green and Orange – and 46 stations.
The 171 km Kuwait Metro Rail is estimated to cost $7 billion: it will have 76 stations and four lines connecting city centre with Kuwait Airport, main University, residential and industrial areas. The project will be completed by 2016-17.
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