By Andy Sambidge
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to open new route comprising 16 stations
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will launch the Dubai Metro Green Line in September, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Saturday.
The Green Line will span 23km and include 16 stations in addition to the transfer stations, Union and Khalid bin Al Waleed Stations, which are shared with the Red Line.
All stations will be up and running for the launch except Al Jadaf and Creek Stations, due to the non-completion of property projects to be served by the two stations, the RTA said in a statement.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the RTA, said that the opening of the Green Line would see a "considerable pick up" in the number of metro riders in Dubai as it "serves dynamic and high-density commercial, government and residential areas".
He added that the operational timing of the Green Line would be the same as the Red Line, with 13 trains operating during the morning and evening peak hours and 10 trains in the off-peak hours.
A total of 16 stations will be opened on the Green Line, starting with Etisalat Station, situated at Al Qusais near Emirates Road, which will have a multi-level Park-and-Ride terminal with a capacity to house 2,350 vehicles as well as a bus station.
The Green Line route then takes in Al Qusais Station, Airport Free Zone Station, Al Nahda Station, Stadium Station, Al Qiyadah Station, Abu Hail Station, Abu Baker Al Siddique Station.
The Green Line includes an 8km underground section, starting with Salah Uddin Station, then moving on to Baniyas Square Station, Palm Deira Station, Al Ras and Al Ghubaiba Stations, Al Fahidi Station before the two lines converge at Khalid bin Al Waleed Station.
The route then moves back above the ground and stops at Oud Metha Station before finishing at Dubai Healthcare City Station which will be the terminus station under the initial operational stage.
Al Tayer said that RTA had opted to hold the opening of Al Jadaf and Creek Stations, adding that they could be opened at a later stage when neighbouring real estate projects are completed.
Serco, the operator of the Dubai Metro, is progressing with technical trials of the Green Line, the RTA said.
CONGRATULATIONS :) I AM VERY HAPPY THAT METRO DUBAI KEEPS GOING FORWARD NOT STOPPING AND AWAITING ALL THE PROJECTS TO BE COMPLETED TILL THE LAST METRO LINE IS OPEN... IT SEEMS THAT DUBAI MASHALLAH IS PICKING UP MUCH FASTER THAN EXPECTED! WAY TO GO DUBAI... MAY ALLAH KEEP FOR US SHEIKH MUHAMAD IN GREAT HEALTH AND ALWAYS MOTIVATED TO CONTINUE WITH HIS EFFORTS TO MAKE OUT OF DUBAI AN INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS! :)
congrats ! congrats ! this will surely join all dubai from north to south and east to west. people even will prefer to take train rather than abra as it will be more convenient. It will be boon for the tourism as well. well done RTA and GOD BLESS DUBAI !!!! WE WANT TO SEE DUBAI"S GLORY BACK !!!
Can RTA tell everyone what is going on with the real estate projects near the Al Jadaf and Creek stations? Seems like a lot of money was spent for stations which may not be operational for years? If anyone knows what is going on RTA probably knows better than RERA.
Congrats....... but I need to suggest that the seating of trains are not convenient to commuters. Its so full and unable to reach the seats if they fall empty. Instead 2 seaters each behind, it should be parellel seating facing each other, so that more people can sit and also stand and travel. Now for standing commuters have no hold and everyone falls or about to fall at each stop and starts. Kindly increase the no. of holders and make it more reachable. I find it very difficult to stand and travel if a seat is not found.
I hope the authorities will make a note of this and attend the issues sooner.