The Dubai Metro (in Arabic: مترو دبي) is a driverless, fully automated metro network in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. Dubai inaugurated its metro network in September 2009, becoming the first urban metro network in the Gulf's Arab states. It is hoped that the system will ease the daily commute for thousands of the Dubai emirate's workers. The Dubai metro is fully integrated within the network operated by the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA). In full operation, Dubai metro is projected to carry approximately 1.2 million passengers on an average day, and 355 million passengers a year.