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Dubai opens new driverless, remote-controlled metro service

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Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (yellow) arrives at a metro station to inaugurate the second metro rail network, after a two-year delay, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on September 9, 2011.

AP: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Dubai's metro system is expanding exactly two years after becoming the Arabian Peninsula's first mass transit rail service.

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Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (yellow) takes a ride through the second metro rail network during its inauguration, after a two-year delay, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on September 9, 2011.

Dubai's ruler, Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, inaugurated the new line Friday. It covers nearly 14 miles (23 kilometers) over 16 stations. It expands Dubai's metro to about 45 miles (75 kilometers) with driverless, remote-controlled trains on mostly elevated tracks.

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A view of a station is seen from a train window during official opening of the Dubai Metro Green Line which stretches 23 km and comprises 18 stations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday Sept. 9, 2011.

The metro began operation Sept. 9, 2009, after Dubai's once-sizzling growth came to a near standstill under crippling debts.

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UAE men are seen inside a wagon train during the opening ceremony of the Green Line of Dubai Metro at one of the Metro stations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 09 September 2011. The Green Line is one of the two lines on the Dubai Metro network in Dubai. The second line will add a further 18 stations and 23km to the existing rail network.

The new line runs through some decades-old commercial districts and is seen as a possible boost to business. The system includes women-only cars and VIP sections for riders willing to pay a premium fare.

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A train in service during the opening ceremony of the Green Line of the Dubai Metro at one of the Metro's stations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 09 September 2011.