The Dubai Metro, for a short while at least, became the most discussed topic on Twitter.
Thanks to a campaign urging users in the region to mention the city’s new monorail on the day of its opening it became a worldwide Twitter phenomena.
Gulf Tweeters used the hashtag #dubaimetro so many times that Dubai’s flagship transit system took the number one spot on the service’s “trending topics” on Wednesday.
Time Out Dubai’s own Twitter feed has more than 3,000 followers. To join in the fun we decided to Tweet live from the train’s first ever run.
Becky Lucas was on the first ever Dubai Metro train. This is her journey as it happened.
19:50: Crowds are now very big, staring into the VIP area at M.O.T.E. trying to work out what the fuss is about. High security. Big anticipation.
20:15: Inside a temp auditorium. Been handed 3D glasses and headsets. Only 40 media allowed plus VIPs. One visitor appears to be asleep.
20:29: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is in the building. A round of applause precedes him
20:42: Mattar Al Tayer has given a speech highlighting the Dubai Metro construction's accident rate of one per million working hours...
20:56: This 3d film takes you on the metro down sheikh zayed rd. It's amazing! We've just been told we can keep the specs as a souvenir.
21:09: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has just bought the first ever Dubai Metro ticket!
IN THE EXCITEMENT OF THE OCCASION OUR PHONE EXPLODED AT THIS POINT. TIMINGS ARE NOT RECORDED FOR THE NEXT TWEET.
That is it. The first train has left the station. A tear enters our eyes. Keep an eye on Sheik Zayed Road!
21:15: I'm on. Nautical blue and grey seats and colour scheme. Not too cold! Calming music. Linear list of stops like new york subway. Overall more like Hong Kong
21:16: Mind the closing doors voice is a middle-aged English man! Fireworks outside the first metro trip!
21:16: It's a little bit shaky, feels like we're moving at high speed. Very bright and airy. Beating the cars outside, no probs!
21:21: Feels like we just left and already we're at the mayaza centre-mainly because we're not stopping anywhere! Everyone is trying to sneak photos!
21:51: Just visited Khalid bin Waleed station in Bur Dubai. Back on train and standing. Very wobbly! No time to stay at stations-a five min look is all that's allowed!
21:55: Sheikh Mohammed and I just exchanged greetings! He seemed in a very good mood. Union Square is enormous. Traditional Emirati artwork inside
21:58: The train attendants are dressed like hotel greeters. They'll be on the Dubai Metro tomorrow too. The spa music continues...
22:05: Construction workers just waved from the unfinished stations. More fireworks, now at the golden ticket Dubai metro press conference.
22:08: Just changed trains very smoothly. Apparently a lot of extra Emirati guests were invited at the last minute which is making things manic!
22:15: Sheikh Mohammed and i just exchanged greetings again! He's still happy His portrait mosaic is uncovered at T3. Train announcements are in English only.
22:38: Sheikh Mohammed was just mobbed at the press conference. He just drove off in Range Rover no 1, smiling and waving.
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