We’re open! Not really
While the Dubai Metro’s launch on Wednesday will be a mark of the emirate’s achievements, it also confirms that when Dubai says something is open, they mean ‘openish’.
September 7, 2009 2:46 by Dana El Baltaji
Ever since we heard that only 10 out of the 29 stations on the Red Line will be ready for the Dubai Metro launch, Kipp’s editorial team has been struggling understand Dubai’s take on the word ‘open’. However, news that the Dubai Metro will only be ‘open’ to a select number of VIPs on Wednesday settled our discussion: in Dubai being open is a question of degrees, and what businesses and authorities mean by open is ‘openish’.
Therefore, when the authorities say the metro is open, they mean: the doors are ajar, but the operation is not fully functional… and by the way, you’re not allowed in.
Technically, the Dubai Metro’s gates will be unlocked on 09/09/09, like the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) always said they’d be. But frankly, since a mere third of the stations are completed on time, and only Dubai’s VIP can use the metro on the launch day, Kipp has a hard time accepting that the Dubai Metro is open (and by open, we mean actually open, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary).
If it’s merely a question of launching the metro’s Red Line on time, we can all agree that since only third of the stations are complete, the project’s completion is far from ‘on time’. The metro is, dare we say it, delayed.
Furthermore, how can a public transport facility be considered open if no member of the public is allowed to use it?
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