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The Dubai Metro

Updated on October 11, 2012

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JLT Station, Dubai Metro, UAE.
JLT Station, Dubai Metro, UAE. | Source

The Dubai Metro

The Dubai Metro consists of two train lines that serve the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The system consists of elevated sections that run through the outskirts and underground sections that run through the city centre.

The system covers 75 Kilometres.

A bold and futuristic design statement, the Metro is seen, along with other projects such as the Burj Khalifa, as an indication of Dubai's desire to become the most modern city in the world.

Dubai Metro Station

Dubai Metro Station on the Red Line
Dubai Metro Station on the Red Line | Source

Metro Facts

  • Fully automatic, driver-less trains
  • 75 Kilometres total length
  • 38 elevated stations
  • 9 underground stations
  • 2 lines (Red Line, Green Line)
  • 87, 5 carriage trains, capable of carrying 643 passengers each
  • Fully air conditioned trains
  • There are two transfer stations where the the Red Line and the Blue Line link, at Union Square and Khalid Bin Walad.

Train Interior on the Dubai Metro

Dubai Metro Train Interior
Dubai Metro Train Interior | Source

Hours of Operation

  • Saturday to Wednesday - 05.50 hrs to Midnight
  • Thursday - 05.50 hrs to 01.00 hrs
  • Friday - 13.00 hrs to 01.00 hrs

Ticket Cost

The Dubai Metro operates zonal ticketing, with the network devided up into 5 Zones.

For full details on the cost of tickets on the Dubai Metro, check here.

Elevated Train on the Dubai Metro

Dubai Metro Train
Dubai Metro Train | Source

Cost of the Dubai Metro

  • The original budget for the Dubai Metro project was $4.2 billion, but that has since risen to $7.6 billion.
  • Of the four proposed lines, so far only the Red and Green Lines have opened and neither is yet fully complete. The Blue and Purple Lines, which should have opened in 2011 and 2012 respectively, have yet to be started.
  • In 2011 the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority said that there were no plans to build either the Purple or Blue lines within the next few years.

Dubai Metro

Building the Dubai Metro
Building the Dubai Metro | Source
The Dubai Metro
The Dubai Metro | Source
Dubai's Khalid Bin Al Weleed Metro Station
Dubai's Khalid Bin Al Weleed Metro Station | Source
Dubai Metro Station, Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai Metro Station, Sheikh Zayed Road | Source
Dubai metro Ticket Booth
Dubai metro Ticket Booth | Source

Red Line Stations

  • Rashidiya
  • Emirates
  • Airport Terminal 3
  • Airport Terminal 1
  • Deira City Centre
  • Al Rigga
  • Union Square
  • Khalid Bin Al Waleed
  • Al Karama
  • Al Jafiliya
  • World Trade Centre
  • Emirates Towers
  • Financial Centre
  • Burj Khalifa
  • Business Bay
  • Al Quoz
  • First Gulf Bank
  • Mall of the Emirates
  • Sharaf DG
  • Dubai Internet City
  • Nakheel
  • Dubai Marina
  • Jumeirah Lake Towers
  • Nakheel Harbour and Towers
  • Ibn Battuta
  • Jebel Ali Industrial
  • Jebel Ali

Green Line Stations

  • Al Qusais 2 Station (T3)
  • Al Qusais 1 Station (T2)
  • Airport Free Zone Station (T2)
  • Al Nahda Station (T2)
  • Stadium Station (T2)
  • Al Quiadah Station (T2)
  • Abu Hail Station (T2)
  • Abu Baker Al Siddique Station (T2)
  • Salahuddin Station (U)
  • Union Square Station (UT, connecting to Red Line)
  • Baniyas Square Station (U)
  • Palm Deira Station (U)
  • Al Ras Station (U)
  • Al Ghubaiba Station (U)
  • Saeediya Station (U)
  • Khalid Bin Waleed Station (UT, connecting to Red Line)
  • Oud Metha Station (T2)
  • Health Care City Station (T2)
  • Jeddaf 1 Station (T2)
  • Jeddaf 2 Station (T2)

Dubai Metro Footage

Opening of the Dubai Metro

  • The rail system was opened at 9 seconds and 9 minutes past 9pm, on the 9th Sept 2009, making it 9/9/9/9/9/9.
  • This first part of the Red Line was opened by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.
  • In its first 2 days 110,000 (one tenth of the population) rode the new system.

Map of the Dubai Metro

Dubai Metro Map
Dubai Metro Map | Source


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      Horatio Plot 

      6 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

      Hi meegs supergirl. Thanks. Welcome to HubPages.

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      Horatio Plot 

      6 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

      Hi ithabise. In Sweden Volvo are conducting serious research into the driverless car. Several car companies already offer automatic braking (Ford, Volvo, Merc). It's the utopian dream, I guess

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      Wonderful pictures!

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      Michael S. 

      6 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Fascinating, Horatio Plot. I'm so interested in autonomous technology. It almost seems that we should be further ahead than where we are now. In Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, we are now seeing autonomous cars that work as public transit, which is exciting. Car companies are making their strides as well. But the question is how badly does the public want autonomous technology? It's understandable with something like public transport--but their cars? The technology is already in place for these things, but public opinion often wins, especially in some place like America, where we often watch the world pass us by in advancement, or at least the implementation of it.


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