The metro is going to change the face of Dubai, and possibly your wardrobe. Wanna be metro-chic?
1 The transporter: OK, the metro isn’t perfect. It won’t take you from door to door, but the Trikke UPT will. The lightweight, battery-powered personal transporter cruises at a max of 30km per hour and clocks in at a mere 16kg, making it the lightest personal transporter on the market. Plus, the device is foldable, so you can bring it along with you on the morning commute. Available by special order at the Trikke ME showroom (04 343 4499/www.trikkeme.net), Sheik Zayed Road, next to Dunkin Donuts. Dhs8,900.
2 The noise blocker: Take it from commuters in New York and London, iPods have become the defacto public transport accessory. Even the smoothest train rides can’t help but give way to some clamour, and the Dubai Metro will be no exception. Still, these parts demand an iPod with flair. To honour the man who first led Dubai down this road of innovation, we’ve opted to have our players engraved with an image of the late ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the UAE, H. H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, designed by Dubai-based graphic designer, Manabu Ozawa. C’mon, these puppies are pretty cool. Available at The Shelter (04 434 5655/www.shelter.ae). Dhs998 for 4kb.
3 The snapper: There’s a chance the metro will up Dubai’s eccentricity quotient; pack a bunch of irritable commuters in confined space for long enough, and one of them is bound to crack. With the Panasonix Lumix DMC-T27, you can capture every crazed moment the metro has to offer. Or, if you prefer, just peek out the window and capture the view. Why do we love this camera? For starters it has a nifty face recognition feature that allows you to programme familiar faces so that the camera knows to focus on them when they enter into the picture. Available at Jumbo Electronics, Virgin and all good camera shops. Dhs1,799.
4 The books: Many in Dubai say there is ‘not enough time’ for reading. Well, nothing affords you time quite like public transportation. Soon, reading is going to become compulsory (it sure beats staring at the guy across from you for entertainment value). Some of our favourite reads are pictured. Others you can read about in the Books section.
5 The books bag: Now that you’ve taken up reading, it’s time you invested in a some luggage that can fit a book or two. We personally love big bags, and also adore keeping things that little bit edgy. This serpent-emblazoned leather Thomas Wylde bag does just that, and is roomy to boot. The biker-chic design almost makes us want to skip the metro and invest in a Harley. But then, we wouldn’t have anywhere to sport this cute bag. Available at Boutique 1 (04 425 7888), The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence. Other locations: The Dubai Outlet Mall (04 426 4900). Dhs5,710.
6 The tie: While we can’t say this is the most necessary piece of equipment on the metro, we can’t help but find it pretty cool regardless. Thomas Pink has just unleashed the new commuter tie, made of 100 per cent silk and designed to hide iPod nanos and other small mp3 players in a small pocket. An extra fabric loop ensures headphone wires are hidden, so that your suit looks nothing short of impeccable even while you tune out. Available at Thomas Pink (04 339 8598), The Dubai Mall. Other location: Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 8888). Dhs340.
7 The journal: Long journeys are an excellent excuse to write or doodle, and these awesome notebooks, care of designwallas make us that much more game to get creative. The ICONoclastic line features technocolour versions of celebrated figures. There are versions bearing the faces of peace lovers, such as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, and some with more contentious figures, like Che Guevara and Chairman Mao. Available at Boutique 1 (04 425 7888), The Walk at JBR. Other locations: The Dubai Outlet Mall (04 426 4900). Dhs30.