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Monday, September 14, 2009

Dubai Metro

So they Dubai Metro was launched with a loud fanfare on 09/09/09 at 9.09pm (or pretty close to it!). So many people have tried to get on the metro since it was launched (110,000 in the first 3 days) and this has caused all sorts of problems as they had not anticipated such a response. There were bound to be some teething problems at the start and I guess it will take them a few weeks or months to sort out, but it has the potential to be a really useful and effective means of transport for the Emirate.

To get all the information you need about ticket prices, nol cards, feeder bus routes and timetables, and Dubai Metro by-laws as well as having a discussion forum, then go to my website at

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Dubai Metro

So the Dubai Metro starts in 3 days time. A lot of people are very excited about this (including me!), others are saying it will just be another thing Dubai has that doesn't get used. In any case, people seem to be searching for information about it and sometimes getting nowhere. If you google dubai metro ticket prices you will eventually find a site that actually tells you them but it's not the RTA site. Why did the RTA not build a site that would help the users of the Metro? Their site just seems to have information about the construction of it which, quite frankly, I am not that interested in.

People using it want to know things like - where can I get my Nol card? How much is each journey? Which stations are opening? Which buses feed the stations and how often? Well, in light of this lack of information all in one place, I decided to build my own site without any of the spiel, news about who is going to use it on their birthday, which retailers have pulled out etc, just the cold hard fact that people want to know.

I also wanted it to be interactive so that users could add extra information if they knew it or just contact me to ask me to add/change things. And so was born. Have a look and tell me what you think and if you think something needs changing then let me know.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Dubai Football Challenge - AC Milan v Hamburg SV

This took place at the new Sevens Ground down the Al Ain road. Despite bad organisation with traffic queuing for hours to get in, no marshalls in the huge car park etc, attendance was high at 17,000. The big names were in force from AC Milan particularly with the much publicised debut of David Beckham who was on a 3 month loan from LA Galaxy. In addition there were the likes of Ronaldhino and Shevchenko in the Milan squad. The match was goalless in the first half and after a Ronaldhino penalty and a Hamburg equaliser 5 minutes later, the match ended 1-1 at full time. This lead to a penalty shoot out which AC Milan won 4-3.