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Dubai confirms plan to extend metro system

Senior transport official says project will go out to tender 'very soon'; to be completed before Expo 2020

Dubai confirms plan to extend metro system
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Dubai's metro system is set to undergo expansion following Dubai’s 2020 Expo win, according to Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, the CEO of the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) rail arm.

“We did not finalise the alignment but we are tendering the project very soon so we can finish before Expo 2020,” he told Middle East Rail, with one report suggesting that tenders could be issued by April.

“It will be around 10-15km, depending on the alignment.” Up to four new stations are likely to be added.

The extension will push out from Jebel Ali to the Expo site next to the new Al Maktoum International Airport - effectively providing a direct connection between both city airports.

At the other end, meanwhile, Al Ali added that work was progressing on a 3.5km extension bringing the red line from its Rashadiya terminus out to Mirdif City Centre Mall.

“Another project we will complete before 2020 is the extension of the Green Line, which is 20.6km. It will extend to Al Jaddaf, with 11 stations serving areas such as International City, Academic City and Dubai Silicon Oasis," said Al Ali.

Al Ali said that since the formation of the RTA in 2005 to promote greater public transport use, the percentage of journeys has increased from six percent to 13 percent last year, with journey numbers climbing from 163 million to 330 million. It is targeting an increase to 20 percent of all journeys by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030.

This will be further boosted by the new Al Sufouh Tramway, on which test runs began earlier this month. Al Ali said phase one should start in November 2014 and contain 11 stations along 10.4km of track. It will be linked to Dubai Metro at a couple of locations, including Dubai Marina station.

A second phase, set to complete by 2020, will add a further seven stations and 5km, linking Burj Al Arab area and Mall of The Emirates.

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smith 6 years ago

Great news. A much needed addition to transporting expo visitors other than taxis. However, as a family resident here for over 19 years, we've only ever used the metro twice as it doesn't connect anywhere near our home or indeed to most places we travel to in Dubai.

Jake 6 years ago

You mean they just take out the plans they had and announced 5 years ago...AB, you are too busy "revealing" rich lists and company announcements than doing proper journalism.

Oldtimer 6 years ago

The Dubai Metro has made life so much more easier for my family as most of the places frequented by us are either near to stations or have convenient feeder buses to those areas. True that it is a pity the original plans of four or five lines couldn't materialise due to the financial crisis; but RTA is doing a commendable job by extending the lines now and hopefully restarting work as per the original plans, as the economy expands and these then becomes viable. All said, Dubai is a trend-setter in the UAE and indeed the Arab world and we the residents are justifiably proud of our city. God Bless Sh. Mohammad and the other leaders this country for prioritising the welfare and progress of this land for all it's citizens and residents.

Nisha 6 years ago

I love that comment. I really do.

Traveller 6 years ago

Linking the two airports via the Red line is not going to be much benefit to transferring passengers given the journey time and the significant number of stops along the way; it would be much faster to dust of the plans for the line running along MBZ road (purple line?) and have a fast, limited stop connection between the two. At two or three of the key stops on MBZ there should be a high-capacity car park and a spur line down to SZR. This will allow people to travel from Sharjah and Ghusias by car then easily cut down to the densely packed areas by metro, avoiding the need to take up the scarce parking spots around major malls and tourist attractions (a kind of park and ride scheme). Anyone wanting to travel to (say) DIFC, MoE or JAFZA is not going to fight their way out of Sharjah by car just to park up in Rashidiya and sit on the metro for ages, they will just stay in their car until their destination and add to the congestion in these areas.

RJAdvano 6 years ago

I'm surprised that the proposed purple line along Emirates Road has not been resurrected. If the intention is to have two airports in the city then a fast train with limited stops between Dubai Intl and Al Maktoum Intl is an absolute must. Having passengers connect using the red line will simply try the patience of travelers and will force most to opt for another option.