When a giant clock reached 09:09:09 on 09/09/09, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, swiped his personal plastic card at a ticket barrier and became the first passenger on Dubai's Metro.
The Dubai Metro project represents a glorious culmination of the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad with Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, with officials after the inaugural Dubai Metro train arrived at Al Rashidiya Station.
Syed Farhan Mohsin
Sameera Ranga Seneviratne