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Dubai Metro Red Line

The Dubai Metro Red Line is the first Dubai Metro railway to open in Dubai, on 09 September 2009, and runs between Rashidiya and Jebel Ali with the route running parallel to Dubai Creek past Dubai Airport and Deira City Center, then under the creek to Burjuman Center, through Bur Dubai and along Sheikh Zayed Road to Jebel Ali. First 10 stations opened to the public on 10 September 2009 (official opening ceremony held at 9pm on 09-09-2009), with the remaining stations delayed to end of February 2010, then delayed again until April 2010 and later.

Dubai Metro Red Line extension
  • 07 Sep 2013 (WAM news) - announcement that the Dubai Metro Red Line would be extended from Rashidiyah to Mirdiff with completion expected before 2020.
Dubai Metro Red Line express trains (announced 30 July 2012)
  • Start date October 2012 (or 2013 - press release wasn't clear), trial period of 5 months. Update - start date is 30 September 2012.
  • Four express trains will start before normally scheduled metro services in the morning, two from Al Rashidiya station at 0530 and 0540, and two from Jebel Ali station also at 0530 and 0540. The express trains will stop only at Al Rashidiya, Emirates, Al Rigga, Union, Khalid bin Al Waleed, Al Karama, Al Jafiliya, Emirates Towers, Noor Islamic Bank, First Gulf Bank, Dubai Internet City, Ibn Battuta, and Jebel Ali stations. Total trip time reduced by about 10 minutes to 40 minutes.
  • Also announced was a reduced waiting time at less frequently used stations on the Red Line.
Dubai Metro Red Line list of stations

Stations highlighted in green are transfer stations with the Dubai Metro Green Line. Number in red is actual station number (used when sending SMS to order Dubai Taxi).

  No Station name Theme Date open Area Feeder Buses Level
11 Rashidiya Air 09 Sep 2009 Rashidiyah, Mirdiff F01,F02,F03,F04,F05,F10 elevated
12 Emirates Group HQ Air 30 Apr 2010 Umm Ramool F06,F07,F08,F09,4,32C,48 elevated
13 Airport Terminal 3   09 Sep 2009 Al Garhoud, Dubai Airport F06,F07,F08,F09 elevated
14 Airport Terminal 1   30 Apr 2010 Al Garhoud, Dubai Airport C1,C8,4,11A,11C,11M,32C,33,42 elevated
15 GGICO Earth 15 May 2010 Al Garhoud   elevated
16 City Center Air 09 Sep 2009 Deira City Center   underground
17 Al Rigga Fire 09 Sep 2009 Al Rigga   underground
18 Union Square Earth 09 Sep 2009 Naif   underground
19 Bur Juman¹ Water 09 Sep 2009 Mankhool, Burjuman Center   underground
20 ADCB (Al Karama) Air 30 Apr 2010 Karama 21,23,61,88,C2,C8,C10,C15,C26 elevated
21 Al Jafiliya Earth 09 Sep 2009 Al Jaffiliya   elevated
22 Dubai World Trade Center Water 15 May 2010 Satwa, Zabeel F11 elevated
23 Emirates Towers Fire 30 Apr 2010 Satwa, Zabeel F11,27,98E elevated
24 Financial Center Air 09 Sep 2009 DIFC, Satwa F11,F13A elevated
25 Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai) Earth 04 Jan 2010 Downtown Dubai Mall, Al Wasl F16 elevated
26 Business Bay Fire 15 Oct 2010³ Business Bay, Al Wasl F18,F20 elevated
29 Al Quoz Noor Islamic Bank1 Water 15 May 2010 Al Quoz, Al Safa F15,F25,F26 elevated
31 First Gulf Bank (FGB) Station¹ Earth 15 Oct 2010³ Umm Al Sheif, Gold Diamond Park F27,F28 elevated
32 Mall of the Emirates Fire 09 Sep 2009 Al Barsha, Al Sufouh F29,F30,F31,F33 elevated
33 Sharaf DG Air 15 Oct 2010³ Al Barsha, Al Sufouh   elevated
34 TECOM, Dubai Internet City Water 30 Apr 2010 The Greens, DKV   elevated
35 Nakheel Earth 15 Oct 2010³ DIC, DMC F32,F35,F38 elevated
36 Damac (Dubai Marina) Air 30 Apr 2010 Dubai Marina, JLT F37 elevated
37 Jumeirah Lake Towers Fire 15 Oct 2010³ Dubai Marina Mall, JLT F37,F40 elevated
38 Nakheel Harbour and Tower Water 09 Sep 2009 Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Islands F999 elevated
39 Ibn Battuta Mall Earth 30 Apr 2010 The Gardens, Discovery Gardens F29,F41,F43,F44,F46,F48,F50 elevated
40 Energy¹ Fire 30 Sep 2013 Dubal, JAFZ F51 elevated
41 Danube Air 12 Dec 2012 Downtown Jebel Ali, JAFZ F47  
42 Jebel Ali, JAFZA, Limitless Water 11 Mar 2011 Jebel Ali Free Zone F54,F55,F56  
  • Stations highlighted in grey have Park n Ride car park facilities. Free during the day, AED 10 for overnight parking.
  • Stations highlighted in green are transfer stations with the Dubai Metro Green Line.

1. Dubai Metro Red Line stations renamed

  • Dubai Marina station renamed as Damac Properties station (or Damac station). RTA announcement 17 Sep 2014.
  • Karama station renamed as ADCB station (Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank). RTA announcement 15 Sep 2014.
  • Bur Juman station - was Khalid Bin Al Waleed station, renamed 12 November 2012.
  • Danube station - was Jebel Ali Industrial station, renamed 12 November 2012.
  • Noor Bank station - renamed from Noor Islamic Bank in Jan 2014 (NIB rebranding). Was Al Quoz (Al Goz) Station before May 2010 when it was renamed as Noor Islamic Bank.
  • Khalid Bin Walid Station - was Burjuman Square, renamed in August 2009 after the Burjuman Center and the RTA could not agree on the fee for naming rights. Renamed again in November 2012 ... as Burjuman Station.
  • Burj Khalifa station - was Burj Dubai station, renamed on 04 Jan 2010 when Burj Khalifa officially opened.
  • Energy Station - was Dubal Station (Dubai Aluminium Company), renamed in August 2009.
  • First Gulf Bank Station - was Burj Al Arab Station.
  • GGICO Station - was Al Garhoud Station.
  • Limitless Station - was JAFZ Station?
  • Sharaf DG - was Al Barsha Station.

2. Some station names seen referred to but unconfirmed (or no longer part of the Red Line - total of 35 stations mentioned in past reports)

  • Jebel Ali Port Station - JAFZ / Limitless Station? Or deleted station?
  • American University of Dubai Station - unknown
  • Internet City Station - Nakheel Station?
  • Souk al Nakheel Station - unknown
  • Trade Center Station - same
  • Al-Ittihad Square Station - Union Square
  • Salahuddin Station - on the Green Line (was an error?)

3. 31 August 2010 - Dubai Metro Red Line stations rumoured to be opening on 15 October 2010, not confirmed, original source of rumour unknown. The National reported comments from the RTA who said the remaining 8 stations might not all open in 2010, but didn't supply any dates or names of stations that would open in 2010. Update 07 October 2010 - 15 October 2010 opening date confirmed by RTA for the 5 stations named earlier.

Red Line information and background
  • Red Line total distance is 52.1 km (about 32 miles) (or 52.9km?) from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali, but there is an extension to the Abu Dhabi border planned, and also a possible branch under consideration from Dubal Station into the Downtown Jebel Ali area.
  • Red Line distance for the underground section is about 4.7 km (about 2.9 miles).
  • Rashidiya to Jebel Ali trip time expected to be about 1 hour, with average speed 40-50 km/hr (not 110 km/hr as seen in some sources - that's the maximum speed).
  • The Red Line runs from Rashidiya Terminal along the Deira side of Dubai Creek, past the Dubai Airport and Deira City Center to the Union Square interchange with the Green Line. The track then goes under the creek to the Burjuman Center at the Khalid Bin Walid interchange, also with the Green Line, emerges from its underground section shortly after and follows Trade Center Road and Sheikh Zayed Road to the Jebel Ali Terminal.
  • Total number of Red Line stations is 29, with 10 opening on 09 September 2009 and the remainder opening at different times until February 2009 when all Red Line stations are expected to be open. Update: it appears that the 19 remaining stations will not open until February 2010 (RTA press release 14 November 2009, exact date not supplied).
  • Original plans had a possible 35 stations? Obviously some were deleted if that was the case.
  • Transfer stations (underground) with the Green Line at Union Square and Khalid Bin Waleed Station.
  • Total of 24 stations will be elevated above ground, 1 station at ground level, and 4 stations underground.
  • Carriage dimensions are approximately width 3.2 meters and height 3.8 meters, seating capacity about 50, with separate carriages for women and children, and VIP Gold Card or ticket holders.
  • Estimated cost of the Red Line in 2005 was AED 9.4 billion (US$2.56 billion). Increased to about AED 18 billion by August 2009 (our estimate)?
Dubai Metro Red Line operating information
  • Train frequency was intended to be every 3-4 minutes during peak hours, and 7 minutes during off peak times but RTA advertising in August 2009 says every 10 minutes.
  • Total of 62 trains to operate on the Red Line ... eventually ... or 55 trains according to August 2009 reports, but only 11 trains will operate when the red metro first starts up. RTA advertising in August 2009 says 44 trains.
  • Passenger capacity initially estimated at about 11,000-12,000 per hour on 51 trains, possibly rising to 25,000-26,000 passengers per hour on 106 trains.
Dubai Metro Red Line extension to Abu Dhabi border
  • There are plans to extend the Dubai Metro Red Line from Jebel Ali to the Abu Dhabi border with Dubai, an additional 12-16 km (different figures reported).
  • An additional 6 stations are expected to be constructed.
  • Park and Ride carpark planned for the border station.
  • Completion date unknown.
Dubai Metro Red Line opening date

Ten stations of the Red Line opened to the public on 10 September 2009 (the official opening ceremony was held on 09 September 2009 but trains were not in public operation), opening dates for the remaining 19 stations were to be staggered between September 2009 and February 2010, but were delayed to April 2010 and later.

  • 24 Jan 2010: Maktoob Business repeated the 7 Days speculation that the opening date of the remaining Red Line stations would be pushed back to April 2010 due to alleged payment delays from the RTA to the Japanese contractors building the Dubai Metro, and quoting an unnamed source as saying "Right now work has slowed down because of payment issues". Maktoob Business said the RTA declined to comment on the report.
  • 21 Jan 2010: 7 Days newspaper carried a report that quoted Abdul Majeed Al Khaja, CEO of the rail agency saying "Contractors have asked for an extension and we have given them until April to complete the work," implying that the opening date of the remaining Red Line stations would be delayed until April 2010. 7 Days was unable to obtain further comment from contractors or the RTA.
  • 04 Jan 2010: The Burj Dubai metro station opened on the same day as the Burj Dubai, renamed as the Burj Khalifa. Unknown yet if the station will be renamed the Burj Khalifa metro station.
  • 15 Dec 2009: The Burj Dubai metro station might open at the same time as the official Burj Dubai opening date on 04 January 2009. The RTA Director of Marketing and Communications, Peyman Younes Parham, said "We are thinking about it ..."
  • A report in The National 05 December 2009 repeated the November 2009 comment from Mr Parham of the RTA that the remaining Red Line stations would be open by the end of February 2010.
  • An RTA press release 14 November 2009 said "RTA is all set to phase out the opening of the stations in February 2010" indicating that the RTA had made a decision after all. Unless they hadn't, and had meant to say "by February 2010" instead of "in February 2010". Or perhaps they plan to open the remaining stations in stages during February 2010.
  • An Emirates Business 24-7 report 09 November 2009 quoted Peyman Younes Parham, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, RTA, as saying "We will open all stations on the Red Line by February 2010. We still do not know if we will do it in phases or in one go"
Dubai Metro Red Line construction schedule and timeline
  • 30 Sep 2013 - Energy station on the Red Line open for public use (delayed from Q1 2011). Feeder bus F51 (old information)?
  • 12 Dec 2012 - Danube station on the red line opened (WAM news). Feeder bus F53 connects to Dubai World Central and Dubai Investment Park.
  • 03 Jan 2012 - an airconditioned glass tunnel walkway is planned for passengers to access the Dubai Mall directly from the Dubai Mall metro station according to an announcement from Emaar Malls Group. Completion possibly in 2013.
  • 05 Mar 2011 - opening date of Jebel Ali station announced by the Dubai RTA as Friday 11 March 2010.
  • 15 Oct 2010 - Ramadan Abdullah, Director of Rail Operations at the Dubai RTA said "We plan to open rest of the three stations in the first quarter of next year," according to a Gulf News report, referring to Energy, Jebel Ali Industrial, and JAFZA stations.
  • 15 Oct 2010 - Business Bay, First Gulf Bank, Sharaf DG, Nakheel, and Jumeirah Lakes Towers stations open.
  • 07 Oct 2010 - Peyman Younes Parham, the RTA communications director, was quoted in the UAE press as saying "Yes, they will open on October 15," when asked about the 5 stations that were rumoured to be opening then. Opening dates for the last 3 stations not supplied.
  • 31 Aug 2010 - rumours heard that 5 more metro stations would open on 15 October 2010, not confirmed.
  • 12 May 2010 press release - the RTA announced that Noor Bank in Dubai had been given naming rights for the Al Quoz metro station.
  • 17 Apr 2010 press release - 7 new Dubai Metro Red Line stations to open on 30 April 2010 (delayed from 25 April 2010). Another 3 stations to open on 15 May 2010, and the remainder later in 2010 - possibly by October 2010 according to one report.
  • 20 Feb 2010 press release - the RTA announces a new completion date for the Dubai Metro Red Line of 25 April 2010 with Emirates, Airport Terminal 1, GGICO, Al Karama, World Trade Center, Dubai Marina, and Ibn Battuta stations opening on that date and the remainder opening later in 2010 (exact dates not supplied).
  • 17 Feb 2010 - work has restarted on the Dubai Metro Red Line as of 07 February 2010 according to a Financial Times report, which said that an agreement over outstanding debts had been reached. Maybe the red line stations will open by April 2010 ... or May ... or June ...
  • 09 Jan 2010 - Reports of delays are denied by the RTA on their official blog which said "RTA was surprised with some media channels circulating inaccurate reports about the project; whose work progress can be seen by everyone at various sites" and the "Dubai Rail Link (DURL) Consortium is continuing with the construction works of Dubai Metro Project according to the planned schedule"
  • January 2010 - work on the remaining Red Line stations and the Green Line has stopped due to the Japanese contractors not being paid according to some press reports.
  • January 2010 - some media reports that opening date of the remaining red line stations will be pushed back to April 2010.
  • 04 Jan 2010 - Burj Dubai (renamed as the Burj Khalifa) metro station opens
  • 10 Sep 2010 - first 10 stations of the Red Line open to the general public. Official opening ceremony was held the night before, at 9pm on 09-09-09.
Dubai Metro Red Line Park n Ride facilities
  • Rashidiyah - 2700 or 2750 cars.
  • Nakheel Harbour & Tower - 3000 car parks.
  • Jebel Ali Industrial -
Last update Wednesday 24-Dec-2014
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