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
We think it makes little difference to the public if they’re allowed to use the metro on Wednesday or Thursday. They can wait one more day. It’s the use of the word open that has us up in arms. Why say you’re open when you’re nowhere near being complete? And what’s the point of a metro being open if people like us can’t use it?
This all sounds very familiar. When Emaar’s Dubai Mall opened on November 4 after being delayed twice (first from August till the end of October, and then to November 4), only a handful of its 1200 retailers were ready for the launch.
The mall’s management assured the press that the stores would open gradually, and they did. But that doesn’t detract from the mall’s awkward launch: Why would anyone go to a mall if most of the shops are closed? What’s a mall without open stores?
And empty, air conditioned building, that’s what.
That said, Kipp is very excited about the metro. We look forward to the day when we can use the entire Red Line, whenever that will be.
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