I don’t know why, while I’m willing to shell out for airfare to get somewhere, once I arrive, I dread taking a cab. I think I’ve had trauma from all the broken / jumpy /magical taxi meter experiences in Manila (sad but true). That, or I’m just simply “kuripot” on road transport (selective stinginess echos). Yes, I prefer to walk and find my way armed with a map. Dora the explorer complete with backpack lang ang peg! 🙂
This worked for me most of the time, but not so convenient during high summer in the Middle East. You may be brave enough for a few minutes but after that you will eventually melt, get dizzy and faint dramatically. Hehehe. No kidding.
Thank God for Metro trains. 🙂
The Dubai Metro (in Arabic: مترو دبي) is a driverless, fully automated metro rail network in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The Red Line and Green Line are operational, with three further lines planned. These first two lines run underground in the city centre and on elevated viaducts elsewhere (elevated railway). All trains and stations are air conditioned with platform edge doors to make this possible.
The first section of the Red Line, covering 10 stations, was ceremonially inaugurated at 9:09:09 PM on 9 September 2009, by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, with the line opening to the public at 6 AM on 10 September. The Dubai Metro is the first urban train network in the Arabian Peninsula. More than 110,000 people, which is nearly 10 per cent of Dubai’s population, used the Metro in its first two days of operation. The Dubai Metro carried 10 million passengers from launch on 9 September 2009 to 9 February 2010 with 11 stations operational on the Red Line.
Guinness World Records has declared Dubai Metro as the world’s longest fully automated metro network spanning at 75 km. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai_Metro)
To buy your tickets and/or for more information about the Dubai Metro, please click on the ff. links:
PS. I fervently wish we’d also have Metro in Bahrain (while I’m still here at least, hehe).
Checked if they already have in Doha (where we’re headed in 3 wks) unfortunately, still in the works. Haist Wat to do yani?