After the emirate expected tons of tourists to flock to its outrageously insane buildings and shopping districts, Dubai undertook construction of an automated metro line. The first leg will open next week, on September 9, 2009.
However, when it opens, it will have cost $7.62 billion, which is about 80 percent higher than planned.
At this early stage, only 11 of 60 driverless trains will be functional. Once the Green Line opens next summer, the Dubai Metro will become the world’s longest automated metro network (surpassing Vancouver), and adding yet another superlative to its long list of superlatives.