Spotlight on Union Station

With the opening of the green line of the Dubai Metro, Union station has really become an important interchange point for those using the green and the red line to complete their journeys. Union station is one of two stations on the Dubai Metro that acts as an interchange, the other being Khaleed bin al Waleed station (Burjuman).

Like quite a few of the other stations there are some tasteful and locally inspired decorations in Union station, particularly on the platforms, although the design is not as ostentatious as that at Khalid bin al Waleed station with its complex and rather extravagant chandeliers.

Old sepia photos used for a mural at Union Station

Union Station is certainly one of the more functional stations of Dubai metro – there is a massive hall on the top floor that gives the impression it could cope with thousands of passengers during a busy rushhour and for a change in Dubai, the signage is pretty good to direct you to the right platform for your train.

The large hall area of the Union Station interchange on Dubai Metro

Overall the station is very clean as per all of the Dubai metro stations and also is still waiting on a number of the shops to open that are positioned in the hall. Likely that will take a while to get them all occupied and busy enough to be viable.

The Dubai Metro is progressing as a great mode of public transport for anyone living or visiting Dubai. Hopefully as the number so passengers increase more of the lines that were planned will be put back on schedule for development in the coming years.

Dubai Metro Hours Extended for Eid

As has become the custom, the RTA have extended the hours that the Dubai Metro will be open during Eid al Adha.

The hours will be extended from the beginning of Eid until Thursday 10th November and during this time the Dubai Metro will open earlier at 5.50am (1pm on Friday) and close later at 1am.

As well as announcing these changes to the operating hours, all other public transport operating hours will also be extended, including those of the feeder buses.

The RTA has also announced that it will be extending services at the Burj Khalifa Metro station so that the transfer of passengers between the Metro station and Dubai Mall works more smoothly during Eid al Adha. The improvements to feeder buses and traffic systems will be in effect from 6th to 9th November include installing additional gates, increasing the frequency of the feeder buses and separating entry and exit points.