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Red Line (Dubai Metro)

Red Line
Type Rapid transit
System Dubai Metro
Status Complete
Locale Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Termini Rashidiya
Jebel Ali Free Zone
Stations 28 of 29 open
Opened 9 September 2009 (limited)
Owner Dubai Roads and Transport Authority
Operator(s) Serco
Line length 52.1 kilometers (32.4 mi)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Third rail
Operating speed 110 km/h (68 mph)
Route map

The Red Line is one of the two lines on the Dubai Metro network in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The first section was inaugurated on 9 September 2009.[1] Construction was declared complete on 28 April 2010. The line has 29 stations spanning 52.1 km (32.4 mi), which have been opened in phases from 2009 to 2011. It runs from Al Rashidiya to Jebel Ali and travels along Sheikh Zayed Road for most of its length.


  • Opening dates 1
  • Statistics 2
  • Notable stations 3
  • Extension 4
  • Station names 5
  • Route 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Opening dates

  • 9 September 2009: Rashidiya-Nakheel Harbor & Tower (intermediate stations Airport Terminal 3, City Centre, Al Rigga, Union Square, Khalid Bin Al Waleed, Al Jaffiliya, Financial Centre, Mall of the Emirates) opened in a massive ceremony, and unveiled to the public the following day.
  • 4 January 2010: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station opened to the public on same day as inauguration of Burj Khalifa.[2]
  • 30 April 2010: Emirates Airline Station, Airport Terminal 1 Station, Al Karama Station, Emirates Towers Station, TECOM Station, Dubai Marina Station and Ibn Batutta Mall Station opened to passengers.
  • 15 May 2010: Al Quoz (Noor Islamic Bank) Station, World Trade Center Station and GGICO (Al Garhoud) Station opened to commuters.[3]
  • 15 October 2010: Business Bay, First Gulf Bank (Burj Al Arab), Sharaf DG (Al Barsha), Nakheel (Emirates Golf Club) and Jumeirah Lake Towers Stations opened to public.[4]
  • 11 March 2011: Jebel Ali/JAFZA Terminus Station opened to the public.[5][6]
  • 11 December 2012: Danube/Jebel Ali Industrial Station opened to the public.[7]


The Red Line has 29 stations, including 24 elevated (by means of a viaduct), four underground stations, and one at ground level. The line is 52.1 km (32.4 mi) long, with 4.7 km (2.9 mi) underground. The entire journey time on the Red Line is around 60 minutes, traveling at a maximum speed of 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph), with 20–30 seconds stopping time at each station. The average time between stations on the Red Line will be 60–90 seconds. The RTA operates 27 trains in the morning peak hours and 29 trains in the evening peak hours with the interval between train services ranging from 6 to 8 minutes in the morning peak period, and from 5 to 6 minutes in the evening peak period. In 2013 the Red line metro lifted a total of 88.888 million passengers and the current daily average is about 243,000 people as of 2013, according to the RTA Statistics Office.[8] 170 feeder buses provided by the RTA for commuters to commute to stations on the red line are also in operation as of 15 October 2010.

Notable stations

Two transfer stations are designated, Union and BurJuman (formerly Khalid Bin Al Waleed) stations, where the Green and Red Lines intersect, allowing passengers to change between lines. The Red Line has a main depot in Al Rashidiya and one auxiliary depot at Jebel Ali Free Zone.[9]


An extension of the Red Line is currently under design. It will be extended from the Jebel Ali Free Zone to the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border, an additional 12 km (7.5 mi). The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority is also reviewing an alternative plan to extend the Red Line from Jebel Ali to the Al Maktoum International Airport, which opened its first runway in June 2010 for cargo service with passenger service expected to start in November 2011.

Station names

On 13 May 2010, The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that the Al Quoz metro station, which opened on 15 May, would instead be called Noor Islamic Bank Station. This latest announcement that Noor Islamic Bank has won the right to name Al Quoz Station for a period of ten years; was made in the presence of the bank’s representatives at the RTA headquarters in Dubai.

The naming initiative has so far generated Dh2 billion in revenue for the RTA. On average, each station has brought in Dh90-100 million. As many as 21 stations on both Red and Green Lines have already been named after local and international corporate giants, including Etisalat, Emirates Airlines, GGICO, Nakheel, Sharaf DG, First Gulf Bank and Danube for Jebel Ali Industrial Station.[10] Noor Islamic Bank is the latest to join the pantheon.[11]


Stations in italics are not yet open. All names are final; names in parentheses are working names used earlier in the project.

English Name Arabic Name
Rashidiya الراشدية
Emirates طيران الإمارات
Airport Terminal 3 المطار- مبنى رقم 3
Airport Terminal 1 المطار- مبنى رقم 1
GGICO formerly Al Garhoud جي جي كو
Deira City Centre ديرة سيتي سنتر
Al Rigga الرقة
Union الاتحاد
BurJuman formerly Khalid Bin Al Waleed برجمان
ADCB formerly Al Karama بنك أبوظبي التجاري
Al Jafiliya الجافلية
World Trade Centre المركز التجاري العالمي
Emirates Towers أبراج الإمارات
Financial Centre المركز المالي
Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall دبي مول / برج خليفة
Business Bay الخليج التجاري
Noor Bank formerly Noor Islamic Back / Al Quoz نور بنك
First Gulf Bank بنك الخليج الأول
Mall of the Emirates مول الإمارات
Sharaf DG شرف دي جي
Dubai Internet City مدينة دبي للانترنت
Nakheel نخيل
DAMAC Properties formerly Dubai Marina مرسى دبي
Jumeirah Lake Towers أبراج بحيرات جميرا
Nakheel Harbour & Tower نخيل هاربر أند تاور
Ibn Battuta ابن بطوطة
Energy الطاقة
Danube formerly Jebel Ali Industrial دانوب
UAE Exchange formerly Jebel Ali مركز الإمارات العربية المتحدة للصرافة

Proposed extensions:

  • Dubai – Abu Dhabi border
  • Al Maktoum International Airport


  1. ^ "090909 - day of the Dubai Metro", Arabian Business, 9 September 2009. Retrieved on 13 September 2009.
  2. ^,%20deploys%2011%20Feeder%20buses
  3. ^ 3 Stations Opened 15 May 2010
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ [4]
  8. ^ Dubai Metro terminal station set to open on March 11
  9. ^ "At a glance: Dubai Metro", Gulf News, 19 March 2007. Retrieved on 17 June 2008.
  10. ^ [5]
  11. ^ Al Quoz station named after Noor Islamic Bank

External links

  • Video, with ambient music soundtrack, of ride from Jebel Ali to city center
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