However, the actual opening of the stations will be staggered in phases. The Emirates, Airport Terminal 1, GGICO, Al Karama, World Trade Center, Marina, and Ibn Battuta stations will open on April 25 - but the remaining 11 stations “will be operated over the following months of 2010,” Mattar al-Tayer, the chairman and executive director of RTA said in a release."
Now to me that does not seem reasonable, or logical. I understand that having more metro stations open means more electricity bill for the a/c, more security people (which I think there's too many anyways as the tracks are protected by glass so noone can jump on the tracks anyways), more people selling tickets, etc. but building them and just keeping them close does not make much sense; at least to me.
Would it have to do with the pending payments as reported by arabian Business where there has been disputes over payments of about $2-3 billion and the fact that building costs are almost double of the original plans? who knows! So far I can say that the metro has still a long way to be fully utilized and become a really good alternative to taking your car to work, and I have been taking the metro everyday for almost 1 month, but I will tell my impressions of it in another post.