10 Facts about Dubai's New Metro Extensions for the 2020 Expo

Posted: 12-Jul-16 10:56

As one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Dubai has been intending to improve public transportation for years. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum recently approved a route extension of Dubai's metro which should be ready by 2020. The route will link the city to the 2020 Expo site in south Dubai.

10 Facts about Dubai's New Metro Extensions for the 2020 Expo

Advanced transport network for the people of Dubai has been high on the government’s agenda for several years. As the economy and the city grow at a fast pace, the provision of high quality infrastructure facilities becomes absolutely imperative. Initiatives to enhance public transport and improve roads across the emirate that will make travel safer and smoother had been put into place since 2005 with the creation of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

Nonetheless no particular plans had been formally approved until very recently when the Route 2020 extension of Dubai Metro was approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. On 29th June, the Prime Minister made the announcement and provided more specific information on his Twitter account:

“The new route can carry 125,000 passengers a day and serves the biggest event in the region, Expo 2020, which will host 25 million visitors.”

Between October 2020 and April 2021, Dubai will host the next World Expo. Bringing together more than 180 nations and an international audience of 25 million visitors, it will be one of the greatest shows on Earth. In order to secure fast and well-organized transportation to the event and improve public facilities, this new extension will bring many benefits to the city.

The Dubai Metro currently comprises two lines. The Green Line, which started operating in 2009, runs from Etisalat to Creek and the Red Line, which opened in 2011, from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali. In order to provide readers with important facts on this new route as well as progress on the Green Line, Time Out Dubai magazine shares ten facts that will interest you:

  1. 15 extra kilometres will be added on to the Red Line in total.
  2. The Route 2020 extension will link the Red Line from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the Expo 2020 site in Dubai South.
  3. The new red route will go through The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Dubai Investment Park and Jumeirah Golf Estates.
  4. The Red Line will eventually link up to Al Maktoum International Airport.
  5. The route is expected to open on May 20 of 2020, five months before the Expo kicks off.
  6. Construction will start in the final quarter of this year.
  7. The RTA says the Red Line extension will cost Dhs10.6 billion.
  8. The Green Line extension will travel from Al Jaddaf station to Academic City.
  9. It will feature a rail line of 20.6km and 11 stations both underground and above ground.
  10. It will serve urban developments such as Ras Al Khor industrial area, International City and Silicon Oasis.

These new routes will not only facilitate life for locals, but also for tourists. The usual travel option for visitors is taking a taxi or riding the bus. In comparison to similar cities, taxis in Dubai are not too expensive and plentiful whilst buses can reach important places like Jumeirah Beach, but can be quite stifling if air conditioning is not working properly. The transformations in Dubai’s metro lines will certainly be welcome by all those who decide to visit, as a more economic and highly efficient option.

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