Dubai’s $6.7bn Marsha metro car revealed

Image copyright AP Image caption The Dubai Metro passes the vast Zabeel Square underpass under the Jebel Ali Sea The latest rail car to be unveiled in the country of Dubai is an aluminium-framed…

Dubai's $6.7bn Marsha metro car revealed

Image copyright AP Image caption The Dubai Metro passes the vast Zabeel Square underpass under the Jebel Ali Sea

The latest rail car to be unveiled in the country of Dubai is an aluminium-framed passenger carriage called the Marsha.

A $6.7bn (£4.8bn) metro project named the Dubai Metro has rapidly become the most famous new rail line in the world since the Delhi Metro opened last year.

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In the Dubai metropolitan area there are plans to build up to 44 kilometres (28 miles) of inter-urban light rail track within the next few years.

The Marsha metro system began as the Desert Rail Line in 2005 and opened in November 2013.

It now provides a high-speed, high-capacity network between Mirdif and Dubai International Financial Centre on the city’s north-eastern corner.

Passengers are taking advantage of the cost-effectiveness of metro travel

In a densely populated area a new metro system to move people around is obviously very cost-effective – the typical cost of building one kilometre of road is between $1.5m and $4m.

“This time we had to go a bit underground,” said Thomas Bodenheimer, the manufacturer’s chief executive.

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