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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

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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  1. rabia on September 7, 2009 7:45 pm

    this is becoming a ridiculous trend…

  2. Billy on September 8, 2009 9:36 am

    kippreport is ALWAYS moaning, groaning and grumbling. if all the stations were open ud probably complain all the stores and outlets in the stations were not open. if all the outlets were open ud complain the metro does not run 24h. if it ran 24h ud complain u don’t like its shade of blue.

    give it a break man. the metro is up and running. if uve not been invited to the grand opening among VIPs stop complaining. if u had some journalistic credentials and did not rely on gossip to get ur website traffic maybe ud be invited too.

    and PLZ stop spamming my inbox. i prefer NEWS when im in office, not your stupid gossip about whats failing in dubai and what will fail next and what has almost failed coz its not up to your liking.

  3. OFiroz on September 8, 2009 3:11 pm

    Billy, calm down dude, this is not a gossip it is true that Metro is not opening all stations, if you and me can’t travel in Metro after it open as public transportation… well then it is not practically open! Why do they have to say it is going to open on 9.9.09 when it is not for public?!
    Billy, RTA has not prepared for it, very simple. To stick with their words given to the press they are doing some rubbish to close our mouth. And being a mortal you can do and follow your way, but don’t expect everybody to do the same.
    And yes, you can unsubscribe this mail from your mail list. Do that first instead of moaning, groaning and grumbling – as you said.

  4. Manu Mahdi on September 9, 2009 6:52 am

    Yes, your opinion is taken. But being a media vehicle, you are not expected to act only like an opposition leader, who just use all the resources and exhaust it to lambast all and every actions of the ruling body.

    Metro, according to me, has been completed, at least to this far, as per their original schedule which was decided a few years back when the economic situation and the total global biz perspective was totally different. Inspite of the adversities, such an ambitious project, builiding an entire new railway infrastructure, have reached this stage when they can open at least 10 stations on the projected deadline. This inspite of the fact that, each and every projects in the whole world, be it in east or west, are reeling under pressure to decide on whether to go ahead with it or snooze it.

    Criticism is imminent and essential, but it should be better done after appreciating and giving the due credits for the hard work went behind it.

  5. Sonia on September 9, 2009 7:15 am

    Well Billy! Somehow they are right, I called RTA a month ago to check if the Ibn Batuta station will be open they said “yes of course, all the stations on the red line madam!!” now they say it wont?!?!
    but nothing surprises me in Dubai anymore! The left hand dosnt know what the right hand is doing!

  6. Noor on September 9, 2009 9:10 am

    its all about the date 090909
    dont you get it???

  7. DG on September 9, 2009 9:40 am

    In Dubai nothing can be be bad, incomplete or late…..

  8. Miles on September 9, 2009 10:38 am


  9. Amin on September 9, 2009 11:08 am

    Love the way people have commented ( mine’s No. 9 )

    Keep it up….

  10. Sawsan on September 9, 2009 11:34 am

    As usual all Dana can do is complain and nit pick Dubai over every issue wether it is merrited or not . I have had a gutful of Dubai complainers and Dana Balatji ‘s blah blah’s against Dubai and its officials . To all the complainers please get a life and return to where you belong otherwise just for once try to use your few neurons to understand Dubai instead of senselessly trashing it .

  11. The Don of Dubai on September 9, 2009 8:34 pm

    How right Kipp is on the word ‘openish’. I was there for the launch of the Dubai Mall and when the opening happened, we were disappointed to drive in the car parking being told ‘next floor, next floor’, eventually to park along side a guy still painting the lines in the car park.

    Dubai likes to big itself up. It won’t accept what outsiders think and builds projects with blinkers on.

    I can understand the date thing…but someone kindly explain to me when Britain removed the class system back in the 1950’s from the trains, WHY are they starting it up in Dubai by having a GOLD class??

    I have 4 children: Do my children sit in a separate compartment, my wife in one and me another??? Is there a family compartment? Do i CARE…NO!

    I will be driving around in my big thirsty 4×4 where my family can sit in comfort…TOGETHER. I don’t care about traffic.

    Well done RTA for opening SOME stations and becoming another project that does not understand the word OPEN.

    Good report KIPP.

  12. sayed on September 10, 2009 9:01 am


    I think dubai is a city where the impossible is possible. God knows from which country you are coming from. And what facilities your government gives you. Thank god man you are living in this country. And I think this is what kills everyone apart of Emaraties what this country is doing

  13. Cindy Hanson on September 11, 2009 11:18 pm

    As a Dubai resident of 13 years, none of this stuff surprises me any more. I have not forgotten the fiasco behind the Atlantis launch, the Mall of The Emirates launch and a whole lot of other stuff–this is arrogance at its peak. If Dubai only behaves and thinks like Islam and its Holy Prophet Mohamed preaches, they would truly and well be successful and rule the world! Just the press reports of February and recently about the launch itself proves their self-denial. What a pity–if they thought right and lived humble all this wealth could have be saved and they would not have gone over leveraging into the point of colossal debt the size of national GDP!

  14. Cindy Hanson on September 11, 2009 11:20 pm

    Syed (#12) dear – I wish the impossible become possible for you. While it may very well become so for your I do not see it become true for Dubai itself. Sorry for breaking your heart.

  15. DeniseTheMenace on September 13, 2009 12:27 pm

    To Sayed (No 12 comment) – IMPOSSIBLE…Not in dubai you say ???
    You just have to peel the skins of this Onion…. And may the truth be revealed to you sooner than the D-Day !!!

    Keep Smiling !!!


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