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Pic of the Week: 29 October 2017

A train leaves a metro station in Dubai

by Oxana Lebedeva © 2017

A train pulls away from a Metro station in Dubai.

Dubai’s metro system (imaginatively titled Dubai Metro) opened in 2009 and is the first in the Arabian Peninsula. It runs underground in the city centre and on viaducts above streets elsewhere. It’s fully automated and driverless and, until 2016, was the longest such network in the world. (Vancouver’s SkyTrain currently holds that record.)

It’s also fully air-conditioned: both the stations and the trains. This is made possible by having doors on the platforms as well as the trains.

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