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Dubai Metro Green Line

The Green Line of the Dubai Metro will be the second Dubai Metro light rail line to open in Dubai, with first public trips scheduled for March 2010 but delayed until August 2011 (not 2010) 10 September 2011. The route starts in Al Ghusais, runs along Al Nahda Rd and Salahuddin Rd above ground, then disappears underground into the heart of Deira, crossing Dubai Creek at Al Ras and heading along the creek to the Burjuman Center where it rises above ground shortly after and continues through Dubai Healthcare City to Al Jadaf. Later expansion will extend the line to Academic City (Al Ruwayyah).

  • 01 Mar 2014 - Al Jaddaf and Creek metro stations on the Green Line opened, the last two completed stations on the Dubai Metro to open.
Dubai Metro Green Line extension
  • 07 Sep 2013 (WAM news) - announcement that the Dubai Metro Green Line would be extended from Al Jaddaf to Dubai Academic City by 2020. Which is sort of a repeat of Oct 2010 news about a Green Line extension.
Dubai Metro Green Line opening date
  • Opening date for the general public is Saturday 10 September 2011. Opening ceremony for VIPs and invited official guests only held on Friday 09 September 2011 - the Green Line of the Dubai Metro not available for use by the general public on that day.
  • 23 July 2011 - Green Line expected to open in September 2011, possibly during Eid Al Fitr - Mattar Al Tayer, head of the Dubai RTA reportedly said "Though the exact date of the inauguration is yet to be determined, we hope to open the Green Line in early September" (source unclear - reported by both Gulf News and Emirates 24-7). Exact opening date to be announced in August 2011.
  • 11 April 2011 - a Gulf News report contained a comment from Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman and Executive Director of the RTA, who said "The Green Line will be operational at the end of the last quarter of 2011. It is under construction now."
  • 09 April 2011 (WAM): In a report about a UITP Transport exhibition in Dubai, a news release said In the last quarter of this year, RTA will operate the Dubai Metro Green Line, implying that the opening date has been delayed from August 2011 towards the end of 2011. Same press release repeated on RTA website 10 April 2011 but no further information found about the delay. An earlier report in the Gulf Today 16 March 2011 about cost reductions at the RTA quoted the RTA Rail Agency CEO, Adnan Al Hammadi, as saying "As for the Green Line, which will be in operation in August 2011 ...", and on 21 March 2011, another Gulf Today report about a Dubai Metro Training Center quoted Mr Al Hamadi saying the Green Line "... will be up and running in August this year ..."
  • 31 October 2010 (RTA AlMasar magazine): a trial run of the Dubai Metro Green Line was launched by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai.
  • 19 June 2010 press release: RTA says construction on track for August 2011 opening. Most stations have structural work complete, some have interiors complete or almost complete.
  • 20 February 2010 press release: The Dubai RTA says the Green Line will be operational in August 2011 - more than a year later than originally planned.
  • 24 January 2010: A report on the Maktoob Business website said that the Green Line wouldn't open until November 2010, according to unnamed sources which said the delays were due to work slowdowns because of a payment dispute between the RTA and the Japanese consortium working on the Dubai Metro. The opening date of the remaining Dubai Metro Red Line stations was also expected to be delayed.
  • According to an RTA press release 12 December 2009, opening date for the green line won't be until H2 2010, making the previous Maktoob Business report sound more accurate. The press release said construction was "on schedule such that the opening and start of operation will be in the second half of 2010", implying that a new schedule has been put in place since the November 2009 comment from the RTA. Or perhaps the month of June has been moved to later in the year.
  • Maktoob Business reported 01 November 2009 that the Green Line start date would be 10 October 2010 (10-10-10) quoting an unnamed source - "a person working on the project" - who said "The Green Line will be ready in November, but it is possible that some stations may open in October." In the same report, the RTA director of communications, Peyman Younes Parham, said "The last official date we have is June 2010. There is no change in that."
  • Another delay was indicated to the end of 2010 according to a Gulf News report of comments from the RTA Rail Agency CEO, Abdul Majid Al Khaja in September 2009.
  • Launch date delayed until June 2010 according to an announcement by RTA on 30 August 2009
  • The Green Line was originally expected to start operating on 10 March 2010
Dubai Metro Green Line list of stations

Note that of the 20 stations in this list, 18 opened in September 2011, and the other two opened in March 2014. Number in green is actual station number (used when sending SMS to order Dubai Taxi).

  No Station name Theme Open Date Area Level
11 Etisalat Fire 10 Sep 2011 Al Twar, Muhaisnah elevated
park n ride
12 Al Ghusais 1 Water 10 Sep 2011 Al Qusais, Al Twar elevated
13 Dubai Airport Freezone Earth 10 Sep 2011 Al Qusais, Dubai Airport T2 elevated
14 Al Nahda Air 10 Sep 2011 Al Twar, Al Nahda elevated
15 Stadium Fire 10 Sep 2011 Al Mulla Plaza, Al Nahda elevated
16 Al Qiyadah/Quiadah Earth 10 Sep 2011 Dubai Police HQ elevated
17 Abu Hail Air 10 Sep 2011 Hor Al Anz, Salahuddin Rd elevated
18 Abu Bakr Al Siddiqi Water 10 Sep 2011 Rigga, Hor Al Anz, Abu Hail underground
19 Salahuddin Fire 10 Sep 2011 Al Baraha, Al Riga, Reef Mall underground
20 Union Square Earth 10 Sep 2011 Al Ghurair City, Rigga, Naif underground
transfer station
21 Baniyas Square Air 10 Sep 2011 Naif underground
22 Palm Deira Water 10 Sep 2011 Hyatt, Corniche, fish market underground
23 Al Ras Water 10 Sep 2011 Al Ras, Shindaga underground
24 Al Ghubaiba Earth 10 Sep 2011 Port Rashid, Ghubaiba Bus Terminal underground
25 Al Fahidi (Saeediya) Fire 10 Sep 2011 Mankhool, Bur Dubai souk area underground
26 Burjuman Water 10 Sep 2011 Burjuman Center, Mankhool, Karama underground
transfer station
27 Oud Metha Air 10 Sep 2011 Oud Metha, Umm Hurair underground
28 Healthcare City Fire 10 Sep 2011 DHCC, Wafi Center elevated
29 Jaddaf 1 Water 01 Mar 2014 Jadaf, Culture Village elevated
30 Dubai Creek Earth 01 Mar 2014 Jaddaf, DHCC II elevated
  • Transfer stations with the Dubai Metro Red Line are highlighed in red.
  • Number of shops includes ATMs (expected locations at Khalid Bin Walid, Al Ghubaibah, and Palm Deira stations)
  • Creek Station and Al Jaddaf Station will not open initially. Opening date will be after completion of other construction work in those areas.

1. Dubai Metro Green Line stations renamed

  • Bur Juman station - was Khalid Bin Al Waleed station, renamed 12 November 2012.
  • Etisalat Station - was Al Ghusais 2 Station.
  • Dubai Airport Free Zone.
  • Dubai Creek - was Al Jadaff 2.

2. Green Line stations changed, deleted, or errors

  • Festival City Station - Umm Ramool / Emirates HQ on the Red Line? Or part of Green Line 2nd extension?
  • Al-Ittihad Square Station - Union Square
  • Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 Station - on the Red Line
  • Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Station - on the Red Line
  • Rashidiya Station (not on Green Line, might have been misreported)
Dubai Metro Green Line information
  • Total of 20 stations - 12 elevated and 8 underground with 2 underground transfer stations. Update according to 23 July 2011 news reports of September 2011 opening date - 18 stations - 12 elevated and 6 underground (unclear when number changed).
  • Original plans (after inclusion of first extension) had 22 stations? Obviously 2 were deleted if that was the case.
  • Total length (with first extension) of 22.5 km, including 7.9km underground.
  • Total cost estimated at AED 4.1 billion in 2005/2006, rising to about AED 10 billion in August 2009 (our estimate)?
  • Passenger capacity about 6,000 per hour on 16 trains initially (in 2010) rising to 13,000 per hour on 60 trains.
Dubai Metro Green Line construction schedule and timeline
  • 01 Mar 2014 - Al Jadaf and Creek stations opened on the Green Line.
  • Q4 2011 - scheduled start date for the Dubai Metro Green Line (delayed from March, June, October, December 2010, and August 2011 opening dates, but in agreement with a speculated November 2011 start date).
  • Jul 2011 - news reports said only 18 of the 20 stations on the Green Line would open in Sep 2011, but didn't say which ones.
  • 17 Feb 2011 - 90% of the work on the Green Line has been completed, and construction is on schedule for August 2011 opening date according to Ramadan Abdullah, Director of Operations at the RTA Rail Agency (Khaleej Times report).
  • 13 Oct 2010 - Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai, went on a trial run of the Green Line, from Dubai Healthcare city, through Khalid Bin Walid, Ghubaiba, Al Ras, Union, and Qiyada stations, and ended the trip at Etisalat station in Qusais. Accompanying him were Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Mattar Al Tayer.
  • 17 Sep 2009 - Another delay to the Green Line was indicated according to a comment by Abudul Majid Abdul Razzaq Al Khaja, the CEO of the Dubai RTA Rail Agency, reported in Emirates Business 24-7. Mr Al Khaja said "We are currently discussing with the contractor... chances are that it will be opened by the end of 2010 based on contractors' requirement," ... so it will be the contractors fault then?
  • Dec 2009 - construction of all stations expected to be complete (but might be delayed).
  • May 2009 - viaduct and tunnel construction completed?
  • Jul 2006 - construction begins.
Dubai Metro Green Line operating information
  • Initially 10 trains during off-peak hours and 13 trains during rush hours (morning and evening) will operate (23 July 2011 information).
  • Operating capacity of 22,000 passengers per hour (October 2010 information).
Dubai Metro Green Line Park n Ride facilities
  • Al Qusais 2 - 6000 cars
Dubai Metro Green Line extension I
  • Original plans were for the Green Line to have a route length about 17.6 km (11 miles) from Al Nahda to Dubai Healthcare City with 10 km of elevated track, 6.7 km of underground track (the other km for the gradual change so passengers don't get butterflies in the stomachs). Eight stations would be above ground, and 7 stations underground. Total journey time about 26 minutes.
  • This was subsequently stretched to a 22.5 km (?) run from Al Ghusais to Al Jaddaf with additional stations.
Dubai Metro Green line extension II
  • An extension to the Green Line is under consideration to extend it from the Dubai Creek Station across the new Rashid Bin Saeed Bridge (under construction) through The Lagoons (under construction), Ras Al Khor, and end at the Blue Line near International City.
  • An additional 6 stations planned for the extension.
  • Extension study in design stage in May 2009 with consultants Systra-Parson International.
  • Project timeline aims for completion of the extension by 2014 ... or just completion of the extension study by then? Emirates Business 24/7 reported on 12 May 2009 that Abdul Redha Abu Al Hassan, Director of Planning and Development at the RTA Rail Agency, said "The Green Line extension study is in the design stage and was awarded in March to consultant Systra-Parson International ... The project timeline is 60 months and it includes design, feasibility studies and preparation of tender documents."
  • Other reports say the planning study is due for completion by March 2010, and the actual extension should be operational by 2013.
  • Update October 2010: Green Line extension plan for additional 20 km from Al Jaddaf to Dubai Academic City through International City. Total length including extension will be 43 km.
  • 17 February 2011 Khaleej Times report said The study for the extension from Jaddaf to Academic City, doubling the total length of the 22km line, would be ready by the last quarter of this year.
Last update Monday 03-Mar-2014
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