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Dubai Metro opens this week

The first light railway system in Dubai is to open this week, offering expatriates and locals alike the chance to travel through the city on a network that is set to expand over the coming years.

While only part of the Red Line will be opening this week, more stations are set to be added in later months, while the other route, the Green Line, is due to be opened next year.

One German expatriate, Martin von den Driesch, told the Telegraph: "I am in favour of public transport and will certainly try it," but added that issues such as the frequency of trains and the proximity of stations to his end destination would affect his decision over when to use the service.

Authorities in the emirate hope that the metro will carry 600,000 passengers per day by the end of its first year of operations, and up to 1.8 million passengers a day by 2020.

A variety of key locations are to be connected by the Metro, including the airport and destinations along the marina.

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