Despite the enthusiasm of the international press and excitement of the public, the opening of the Dubai Metro has been delayed.

China reported that flags would be out for the send-off of three trains for the first time from the Mall of Emirates filled with security, followed by journalists and then commuters today as the station opened to the public. learnt yesterday, however, that the maiden journey had been delayed.

No news had been given as to why, and today Gulf News reported that the first trains would travel on the metro tomorrow instead.

The inauguration and official opening of the metro will still take place today along with visits from dignitaries.

The Dubai Metro is the longest driverless train network in the world – it has undergone rigorous trials and has come in Dh12.5bn over budget.

Rolling stock is being supplied by Japan’s Kinki Sharyo under a US$456.2m contract for 385 cars.

Of the 29 stations planned for the two-line network, of which only one line will open this year, ten will be opened this week.

Thales carried out work on the stations, providing access gates, ticket vending machines and a central controlling system.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was responsible for building the rail network.

By Penny Jones.