The opening hours of the Dubai Metro will be extended from 3 September 2011 to the following:
from 6am until midnight Saturday to Wednesday,
6am until 1am on Thursdays
and 1pm until 1am on Fridays.
This extension of the working hours follows on from the extended hours during Ramadan and Eid but in this case is a permanent change. It ties in with the opening of the Dubai Metro Green Line on 9 September 2011.
The RTA has taken the feedback from existing passengers who have wanted the hours extended for quite a while now. The extension is timed by the RTA with the likely huge increase in passengers that the opening of the Green Line will bring and so likely makes more economic sense now than it may have done in the past.
It seems that the last bastion of requirements in terms of timings from the passengers point of view, is to start the trains earlier on a Friday. Although initially the start time of 3pm was brought forward to 1pm there is still no sign at present that the Dubai metro will open on a Friday morning in the near future.