New Year Operating Hours for Dubai Metro

New Year’s Eve 2016

Timings have been announced by the RTA for the operating hours for Dubai Metro for the night of New Year’s Eve 2016/2017,  and as expected the Metro will be running the same operating hours as last year.

This means that the Dubai Metro will run continuously throughout the night of 31st December/1st January and only stop at the end of operating hours on 1st January (which is actually midnight as this is a Sunday).

Anyone out enjoying the celebrations will therefore be able to travel home using the Metro throughout the night.

The exception to this is the Burj Khalifa metro station which will close at 10pm on 31st December to enable smooth operations around the most popular area for the New Year celebrations.

There should be extra public transport available from the other nearby metro stations to ferry revellers to the Downtown Dubai area.

There will be an increased police presence at the Metro stations to ensure the safety and security of travellers.

Parking will be free in all paid areas except the fish market on 1st January.

The police and RTA are encouraging people to use public transport instead of their own cars to stop areas being gridlocked as they have often been in the past.

UAE National Day Operating Hours 2016

The RTA has announced the operating hours for the Dubai Metro for UAE National Day holidays as follows:

The Red Line Metro Stations will operate on Thursday Dec 1 from 5:30 am to 1:00 am (of the following day), and on Friday Dec 2 from 10:00 am to 1:00 am (of the following day).

The Green Line Metro Stations will operate on Thursday Dec 1 from 5.50 am to 1.00 am (of the following day), and on Friday Dec 2 from 10 am to 1.00 am (of the following day).

These timings are actually the same as normal so no changes have been made for the holidays.

Ibn Battuta Walkway Opened

Today a new walkway was opened between the Dubai Metro station  at Ibn Battuta and the mall itself.

The walkway is 210 metres long and also includes a number of shopping outlets to add to the already expanded Ibn Battuta.

This will make a much easier transfer between the metro station and the mall and will likely encourage more people to visit the mall.

This is not the end of the expansion of Ibn Battuta mall which will have even more leasable shop space added in future months.

There are a number of malls that are directly connected to the Dubai Metro, including Mall of the Emirates, Burjuman and City Centre, thus making the Metro a great way to do your shopping in many different areas if you do not have a car.

Ibn Battuta is a picturesque mall, with sections named after and dedicated to the regions that were travelled by Ibn Battuta, who was an explorer in the 14th Century.

More Trains Added

This week sees the start of an increase in the number of trains that are running on the Dubai Metro.

Since the Metro was launched in 2009 the number of commuters using the trains has increased substantially and at rush hour people sometimes have to actually wait for trains to pass through and jump on the next one because they are too packed for more passengers.

Well from this week hopefully that congestion will be eased by the addition of 276 more weekly trips – 154 on the Red Line and 122 on the Green Line.

In the evenings the rush hour is even more busy than in the mornings and hopefully these extra trips will enable commuters to get home more quickly and in slightly more comfort.

Even at rush hour the trains run at intervals of less than 3 minutes so they will be even more frequent than this starting from this week.

If you notice a big change in the number of trains please get in touch and let us know – or perhaps this is only enough to ease congestion rather than actually fixing the problem completely.

Metro Timings for Al Hijri New Year

The RTA has announced timings for the Dubai Metro for the holiday of Al Hijri New Year which takes place on Sunday 2nd October:

Saturday 1st October

The Red Line will start at 5:30am (this is the time for the express service) and will continue up until 1am (on the Sunday)

The Green Line will operate from 5:50am and continue until 1am (on the Sunday)

Sunday 2nd October

The Red line will operate from 5:30am until midnight

The Green line will operate from 5:50am until midnight.

Eid al Adha 2016 Timings

The timings for the Dubai Metro on the occasion of Eid al Adha 2016 are as follows:

Red Line:
Thursday 8th September – 5.30am until 2am the next day
Friday 9th September – 10am until 2am the next day
Saturday 10th September – 5.30am until 2am the next day
Sunday 11th to Tuesday 13th September – 5.50am until 2am the next day
Wednesday 14th September – 5.30am until 1am the next day

Green Line:
Thursday 8th September – 5.50am until 2am the next day
Friday 9th September – 10am until 2am the next day
Saturday 10th September – 5.50am until 2am the next day
Sunday 11th to Tuesday 13th September – 5.50am until 2am the next day
Wednesday 14th September – 5.50am until 1am the next day

Eid al Fitr Holiday Timings Announced

The RTA has announced the Dubai Metro timings for the Eid al Fitr holiday 2016 as follows:

The red line Metro stations will be open from 5.30am until 2am (the following day) on 5th July and 7th July 2016.

On 6th July, the Red and the Green Lines will operate from 5.50am until 2am the next day.

The Red and the Green Lines will operate from 5.50am until 2am on 6th July. On 8th July, they will run from 10am until 2am the next day. Green Line stations will operate from 5.50am until 2am on 5th and 7th July 2016.

Dubai Metro Ramadan Hours 2016

The RTA have announced details of the running hours for the Dubai metro during Ramadan 2016.

All of the stations on the Red line will be open from  5.30am to 12.00am (midnight),  from Saturday to Wednesday.

On Thursdays, Metro services will run from 5.30 am to 1.00 am and on Fridays from 10.00 am to 1.00 am the following day.

The metro Green line stations will be open from 5.50 am to 12.00 am (midnight), from Saturday to Wednesday.

The Green line stations will be open from 5.50 am to 1.00 am on Thursday and from 10.00 am to 1.00 am on Friday.

Metro feeder stations such as Rashidiya, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta, Burj Khalifa, Abu Hail and Etisalat will open at 5.15am and close at 12.30am from Saturday to Wednesday.

On Thursday they will be open from 5.15am to 1.10am and on Friday from 9.30am to 1.10am, the RTA confirmed.

Ramadan 2016 Timings
Ramadan 2016 Timings

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