x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Passengers forced to evacuate Dubai Metro trains because of technical glitch

Hundreds of passengers on the Dubai Metro had to evacuate the trains on Tuesday evening due to a technical glitch, which resulted in scuffles breaking out among some commuters.

Hundreds of passengers on the Dubai Metro had to leave the trains on Tuesday night due to a technical glitch, which led to scuffles among some commuters.

The glitch on the Red Line occurred about 8.30pm, a witness said. It was fixed by 9.30pm, the Roads and Transport Authority said.

Passenger Rizwan Munwar, 27, from Pakistan, said passengers had to wait several minutes between each stop. He was travelling from Ibn Battuta Mall to Dubai Mall.

“Every stop took at least 10 minutes,” Mr Munwar said.

They were then told to leave at Business Bay, where some began protesting because of the long wait to get out of the station.

“People were fighting,” said Mr Munwar. “I think there were 300 people in the station.”

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