By Claire Ferris-Lay
The city’s pearl diving heritage influences design.
The interior design of the Dubai Metro will be a reflection of the city's rich history and its promising future. Abdulredha Abu Hasan, director of planning and design, Rail Agency said: "KCA International has designed the interior of the Dubai Metro. The company was chosen due to its experience and expertise in designing the interiors of the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah among many other prestigious projects in the Middle East and around the world."
The 47 stations will be divided into two types, elevated and underground. The ten underground stations will then be sub-divided into three types according to the physical land conditions and operational requirements. The design of the Type 1 stations is aimed to maintain a visual connection with the outside environment through the use of skylights and a glass wall cladding. The shell shaped roof of the stations was designed to reflect Dubai's pearl diving heritage which extends to the smaller shell roof of the stations.
The interiors of the stations will be separated into four types, based on the four elements. There will be 12 earth themed stations, 13 water, 11 air and 11 fire. Each train consists of five compartments which can accommodate up to 897 passengers, in three classes, gold class, ladies and children's class and silver class all of which will be based on water and air schemes in blue and silver.
The metro system will also feature a complex lighting strategy which will not only play a vital role in providing clear and easy circulation to passengers but also provide entertainment. Higher light levels will provide a comfortable level of lighting while BurJuman station will feature a dynamic lighting system.
The RTA has adopted international standards for facilities for special needs starting outside of the stations where landscaping will help direct passengers into the entrances and provide shading in open areas. A ‘Tactile Guidance Path' for the visually impaired will be laid on the floor from the station entrance to the platform.
Public announcements will be made in both audio and visual ways through the use of clear signage, blinking lighting and display systems in high colour contrast. LEDs will also be used for monitor displays. Said Hasan: "The key objectives of the station architectural design are safety and security of the public, minimal travel distances and entrances coordinated with pedestrian routes integrated with other means of transport."