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Work on Dubai Metro extension ‘to start within months’

RTA also reveals plans for 5km extension of Dubai Tram towards Burj Al Arab

Work on Dubai Metro extension ‘to start within months’

Construction of the 14.5km-long extension of Dubai Metro’s Red Line will start within the next few months, while a proposed expansion of the Green Line in the east of the city is set to commence early next year, a Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official has revealed.

Abdul Mohsin Ebrahim Younus, CEO of the RTA’s Rail Agency, reportedly told the Middle East Rail Conference in Dubai on Tuesday that the extension of the Dubai Metro’s Red Line will start by the summer.

The RTA is examining tenders from five firms, Gulf News reported, and the main contract to design and build the extension is expected to be awarded “shortly”.

“Work on Route 2020 will begin immediately after the tender is awarded, which will be within the next few months,” Younus was quoted as saying. “The extension will be ready before Expo 2020.”

The estimated 16-minute route will start at the existing Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station and head towards the Expo2020 site near Al Maktoum International Airport, passing through residential areas including Discovery Gardens, Dubai Investment Park and Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Most of the route (10.5km) will be elevated like the rest of the metro, while 4km will be underground. There will be five elevated and two underground stations.

Currently, the Red Line journey time from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali is around 60 minutes. The new route will have an additional journey time of 16 minutes.

According to the newspaper, Younus also revealed details of the proposed extension to the Dubai Metro’s Green Line, a planned 20.6km new route that would start at Al Jaddaf station in Dubai’s old town and take in Dubai Academic City via seven stations.

He said work on the design of the extension will begin early next year. Meanwhile, a study on a proposed 5km extension of the Dubai Tram will also begin “soon”, he said.

That route would connect the tram with Madinat Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Mall of the Emirates.

With all projects, Dubai’s rail network is estimated to span 111km in the next five years.

An RTA spokesperson declined to reveal further details about the plans.

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