Elite Recruitment Group & MenaRailStaff - Provision of technical Experts for the Design & Construction of the Dubai Metro

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Since the initial design phases of the Dubai Metro, Elite Recruitment Group have been providing, via its subsidiary MenaRailStaff (or Mena Rail Staff), technical experts and Management profiles to the main parties involved with the design and construction of the Metro. These profiles have been sourced on an international basis, with experience in the most prestigious and challenging metro systems worldwide before joining the Dubai Metro project. MenaRailStaff is the first recruitment agency specialised in Rail/Metro projects exclusively for the Middle East.

Since the initial design phases of the Dubai Metro, Elite Recruitment Group have been providing, via its subsidiary MenaRailStaff (or Mena Rail Staff), technical experts and Management profiles to the main parties involved with the design and construction of the Metro. These profiles have been sourced on an international basis, with experience in the most prestigious and challenging metro systems worldwide before joining the Dubai Metro project.

MenaRailStaff is the first recruitment agency specialised in Rail/Metro projects exclusively for the Middle East.

The Dubai Metro is a driverless, fully automated metro network which is under construction in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The Red and Green Lines are under construction, and further lines are planned. These first two lines will run underground in the city centre and on elevated viaducts elsewhere. The Dubai Metro will be the longest fully automated rail system in the world when it opens in September 2009.

The trains and stations will be air conditioned with platform edge doors to make this possible.

Construction
Planning of the Dubai Metro began under the directive of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who expected other projects to attract 15 million visitors to Dubai by 2010. The combination of a rapidly-growing population (expected to reach 3 million by 2017) and severe traffic congestion necessitated the building of an urban rail system to provide additional public transportation capacity, relieve motor traffic, and provide infrastructure for additional development.

In May 2005 a AED 12.45 billion design and build contract was awarded to the Dubai Rail Link (DURL) consortium made up of Japanese companies and Turkish firms. The first phase (worth AED 15.5 billion/US$4.2 billion) covers 35 kilometres (22 mi) of the proposed network, including the Red Line between Al Rashidiya and the Jebel Ali Free Zone set for completion by September 2009 and the Green Line from Al Qusais 2 to Al Jaddaf 1. This is to be completed by March 2010. A second phase contract was subsequently signed in July 2006 and includes extensions to the initial routes.

Work officially commenced on the construction of the metro on March 21, 2006. A top RTA Rail Agency official said "The $4.2 billion Dubai Metro project would be completed on schedule despite global crisis."

Dubai Metro network
When completed, Dubai Metro will have a total of 70 kilometres (43 mi) of lines, and 47 stations (including 9 underground stations). Two lines are under construction, and two more are planned.

Under construction
Red Line: 50 kilometres (31 mi) line with 35 stations from Jebel Ali Port, the American University in Dubai, through the city centre to Al Rashidiya.

Green Line: 20 kilometres (12 mi) line with 22 stations from Festival City, through the city centre, Dubai International Airport Terminal 2 and the Airport Free Zone.

Proposed
Blue Line: 47 kilometres (29 mi) line along Emirates Road, exact route currently unknown.

Purple Line: 49 kilometres (30 mi) line along Al Khail Road, meant to be an express route between Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport.

The Dubai Metro will be operated by Serco under contract to the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority. Dubai Municipality Public Transport Department expects the metro to carry 1.2 million passengers on an average day, 27,000 passengers per hour for each line, and 355 million passengers per year once both lines are fully operational. It is planned to transport 12% of total trips in Dubai.

One issue for the new system will be how to reliably and comfortably get riders to their final destination if it is not at a metro station. Will there be enough taxis at stations? Bus and water routes are being adjusted to circulate riders to the areas between stops. Three park-and-ride facilities are being built.

List of stations, Dubai Metro are composed of at-grade (G), elevated Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 (T1, T2 and T3, respectively), underground stations (U) and underground transfer station types (UT). Type 1 is the regular at-grade concourse station, Type 2 will be a regular elevated concourse station, and Type 3 will be an elevated special track station. Underground transfer stations will be both accommodating the Red and Green lines for easy transfers.

Besides these differences, there will also be 4 themes to be used in the interiors of all stations: earth, water, fire and air. Earth stations will have a tan-brown color effects; water will have blue-white color effects; fire will get orange-red color effects; and the air will have green color effects.

Red Line:

  •     Rashidiya Station
  •     Emirates Station
  •     Airport Terminal 3 Station
  •     Airport Terminal 2 Station
  •     Al Garhoud Station
  •     City Centre Station
  •     Al Rigga Station
  •     Union Square Station
  •     BurJuman Station
  •     Al Karama Station
  •     Al Jaffiliya Station
  •     Trade Centre Station
  •     Emirates Towers Station
  •     Financial Center Station
  •     Burj Dubai Station
  •     Business Bay Station
  •     Al Quoz Station
  •     Burj Al Arab Station
  •     Mall of the Emirates Station
  •     Al Barsha Station
  •     Tecom Station-- future interchange to Palm Jumeirah Monorail
  •     Nakheel Station
  •     Dubai Marina Station
  •     Jumeirah Lake Towers Station
  •     Jumeirah Islands Station
  •     Ibn Battuta Station
  •     Dubal Station
  •     Jebel Ali Industrial Station
  •     Jafza / Limitless Station

Main Depot for the trains will be at Rashidiya just before the Rashidiya Station, while an auxiliary depot is located at Jebel Ali Port.

Green Line:

  •     Al Qusais 2 Station
  •     Al Qusais 1 Station
  •     Airport Free Zone Station
  •     Al Nahda Station
  •     Stadium Station
  •     Al Quiadah Station
  •     Abu Hail Station
  •     Abu Baker Al Siddique Station
  •     Salahuddin Station
  •     Union Square Station
  •     Baniyas Square Station
  •     Palm Deira Station
  •     Al Ras Station
  •     Al Ghubaiba Station
  •     Saeediya Station
  •     BurJuman Station
  •     Oud Metha Station
  •     Health Care City Station
  •     Jeddaf 1 Station
  •     Jeddaf 2 Station

The train depot is located at Al Qusaias just before the Al Qusais 2 Station.

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