Dubai Metro Red Line Expansion

The RTA currently have a number of plans for the expansion of the Dubai Metro.

The fist tranche of these plans involves the expansion of the red line and the green line in time for Expo 2020 which will run for 6 months of the year.

The plan is to enable the large number of visitors that are expected to visit the Emirate for the Expo, to be able to use public transport for the majority of their journeys around the city.

This means that the metro needs to be extended to the site of the Expo 2020 location and with this in mind the red line will extend from the Nakheel Harbour and Tower station in the Jebel Ali area of Dubai, up to the Expo 2020 site.

There will be 7 stations in the red line expansion and these will cover some of the densely populated areas of Dubai and will therefor serve communities totalling 240,000 people.

It is anticipated that a trip on the red line from the Dubai marina to the Expo 2020 site, will take only 16 minutes on the Dubai Metro, using the new stretch of track, which will be over 14km long.

Below is a graphic showing the new stations extending out from Nakheel Harbour and Tower to the Expo 2020 site:

Dubai Metro Red Line Expansion
Dubai Metro Red Line Expansion

Green Line Extension Starting 2017

The extension to the Green Line of the Dubai metro will start in 2017 according to the RTA.

Bids for the work on the extension to the green line are currently being evaluated and will be decided on soon.

The extension will add more than 20km to the existing line and will pass through Ras al Khor and International City amongst other places.

There will be an additional 11 stations added to the Green line to serve lots more local communities who desperately need the connection to the wider area of Dubai.

Many of the areas are densely populated with many people earning in the lower levels of Dubai’s population, thus being a prime target for using the Metro lines both for commuting and for pleasure.

The planned extension will be completed by 2020, in time for the Expo, as per the plans from the Dubai Government to introduce a much wider public transport network by that date, for the large number of visitors expected to come to Dubai.

To get an idea of the green line extension please see the map below:

Dubai Metro Green line Extension
Dubai Metro Green line Extension