Metro progress shows potential sign

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Stadiums and glitzy venues may fascinate all the attention when hosting major worldwide affairs, but it is transport projects that really make the divergence.

Metro progress shows potential sign

Metro progress shows potential sign

The events are designed to fascinate hundreds of thousands of people and before anything else can be considered, the hosts have to guarantee large volumes of people can get to the location easily and securely.

With only a basic public transport scheme in place in Qatar, the concern is a major for the 2022 Fifa World Cup host. Appreciating this, Doha has moved speedily to confer contracts for its metro system, which will be used to move guests from the airport and their hotels to the new stadiums that they plan to construct.

For the Expo 2020, Dubai is in a better location. It already has a practically enhanced public transport network and two metro lines, but these rail links do not expand to the Expo location at Al-Maktoum International Airport. A new rail link is intended and the Road and Transport Authority have selected a consultancy team to finalize the preliminary engineering for a new metro line out to the Expo location.

The project will not just profit people visiting the Expo as it could proffer chances to link other residential and commercial areas, most remarkably the new airport, to the Dubai Metro.

Contrasting locations that risk becoming white elephants once the affairs are over, the new metro lines will about definitely have an encouraging and optimistic impression on both Doha and Dubai long after 2022.

Mohamed Dekkak