Dubai transport plans will proceed

Construction will continue under extended deadline.

Construction of Dubai’s tram, metro and Palm Jumeirah Monorail network will continue under extended deadlines, after the Dubai Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) announced that no projects will be cancelled.

According to reports, RTA rail agency director Abdul Redha Abu Al Hassan said Dubai cannot afford to stop ongoing infrastruc- ture development.

“Extension of the Green Line of the Dubai Metro by at least 20km is one of the major transport pro- jects to be carried out in the near future by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority,” commented Al Hassan.

Included in the pledge was the metro’s proposed Purple Line, linking Dubai International Airport with Al Maktoum Airport in Jebel Ali; a 43km extension of the Green Line to Academic City.

Completion of the Al Sufouh trams has been delayed from 2012 to 2014 and will connect to the Red Line of the metro on Sheikh Zayed Road. The AED 3.18 billion net- work will run 14.5km and have 19 stations, through Dubai Marina, Media City, Mall of the Emirates and the Burj Al Arab. It will also link to the Palm Jumeirah monorail.

A transport review by the RTA is currently underway.

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