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No Running Allowed As Dubai Tells Commuters to Slow Down or Face a Fine

Dubai, UAE : 17 May 2010

Dubai’s Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that commuters will face fines if they are caught running or elbowing other passengers out of the way in order to make their train. 

Ramadan Abdullah, who directs rail operations for the Emirate has said the rules are to prevent danger to passengers and property and that customers should ‘avoid’ running in the stations or be prepared to pay a penalty. 

Passengers can appeal if they are unhappy with the fine, but with close circuit television installed in all Metro stations and footage kept for up to 28 days, there is little point in denying it if you are caught in the act of a quick scamper for your train. 

Dubai’s Metro opened in September last year and is estimated to have carried ten million passengers since then.  New stations are being planned to join the eighteen that have already opened across the Emirate.   

 The trains are hi-tech, driverless and revered for their punctuality – which is probably quite a good thing if you can get a fine for running to catch one.   Just make sure you know the time-table before you leave for the station.

Sarah O'Connell, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market
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