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Red Line (Dubai Metro)

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Red Line
Metro Dubai 001.jpg
TypeRapid transit
SystemDubai Metro
LocaleDubai, United Arab Emirates
UAE Exchange
Opened9 September 2009 (limited)
OwnerRoads and Transport Authority (Dubai)
Line length52.1 kilometers (32.4 mi)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
ElectrificationThird rail
Operating speed95 km/h (59 mph)
Route map

Airport Terminal-3
Airport Terminal-1
Deira City Centre
Al Rigga
Union Station
Al Jafiliya
World Trade Centre
Emirates Towers
Financial Centre
Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall
Business Bay
Noor Bank
Mall of the Emirates
Sharaf DG
Dubai Internet City
DAMAC Properties
Nakheel Harbor & Tower
Ibn Battuta
UAE Exchange

The Red Line is one of the two lines on the Dubai Metro network in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The first section was inaugurated on 9 September 2009.[1] Construction was declared complete on 28 April 2010.

The Red Line runs from Rashidiya in the east to Jebel Ali in the west and travels parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road for most of its length. It has 29 stations spanning 52.1 km (32.4 mi), which have been opened in phases from 2009 to 2011. The line is the world's longest single metro line to use driverless trains, as recognized by Guinness World Records in 2011.[2]

There are two designated transfer stations along the line; Union and BurJuman stations, where the Green and Red Lines intersect, allowing passengers to change between lines. The Red Line has its main depot at Rashidiya and one auxiliary depot at UAE Exchange.[3]

Opening dates

Date Station(s)/section opened Notes
09/09/09 Rashidiya to Nakheel Harbour & Tower section

Airport Terminal 3, Deira City Centre, Al Rigga, Union, BurJuman, Al Jafiliya, Financial Centre & Mall of the Emirates stations

BurJuman was initially opened as Khalid Bin Al Waleed.
04/01/10 Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Coincided with the inauguration of Burj Khalifa.
30 April 2010 Nakheel Harbour & Tower to Ibn Batutta section

Emirates, Airport Terminal 1, ADCB, Emirates Towers, Dubai Internet City, DAMAC Properties & Ibn Batutta

ADCB was initially opened as Al Karama.

DAMAC Properties was initially opened as Dubai Marina.

15 May 2010 Noor Bank, World Trade Centre & GGICO Noor Bank was initially opened as Noor Islamic Bank.

GGICO was initially opened as Al Garhoud.

15 October 2010 Business Bay, FGB, Sharaf DG, Nakheel & Jumeirah Lakes Towers FGB was initially opened as First Gulf Bank.
11/03/11 Ibn Batutta to UAE Exchange section

UAE Exchange

UAE Exchange was initially opened as Jebel Ali.
11/12/10 Danube
30 September 2013 Energy
2019 Nakheel Harbour & Tower to Expo 2020 site


The Red Line has 29 stations, including 24 elevated (by means of a viaduct), four underground stations, and one at ground level. The line is 52.1 km (32.4 mi) long, with 4.7 km (2.9 mi) underground. The entire journey time on the Red Line is around 60 minutes, traveling at a maximum speed of 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph), with 20–30 seconds stopping time at each station. The average time between stations on the Red Line will be 60–90 seconds. The RTA operates 27 trains in the morning peak hours and 29 trains in the evening peak hours with the interval between train services ranging from 6 to 8 minutes in the morning peak period, and from 5 to 6 minutes in the evening peak period. In 2013 the Red line metro lifted a total of 88.888 million passengers and the current daily average is about 243,000 people as of 2013, according to the RTA Statistics Office.[4] 170 feeder buses provided by the RTA for commuters to commute to stations on the red line are also in operation as of 15 October 2010. There is currently 35 trains with a capacity of 643 seats each is running on Red Line while till October 2019 15 New trains with a capacity of 696 will be added to red line.[5][6] The first train of these fifty new trains will be added in November 2018.

Station naming

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has benefited significantly from businesses along the routes of the Red and Green lines sponsoring nearby stations. The naming initiative has so far generated over Dh2 billion in revenue for the RTA. On average, each station has brought in Dh90-100 million.

On 13 May 2010, it was announced that Al Quoz station, which opened on 15 May, would be named Noor Islamic Bank. This announcement that Noor Islamic Bank won the right to name Al Quoz Station for a period of ten years was made in the presence of the bank's representatives at the RTA headquarters in Dubai.

Moreover, several other stations on the Red Line have been named after local and international corporate giants, including, Emirates Airlines, GGICO, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (Al Karama), First Abu Dhabi Bank, Sharaf DG, Nakheel, DAMAC Properties (Dubai Marina) and Danube (Jebel Ali Industrial).[7]

On 28 June 2015, Jebel Ali station was renamed UAE Exchange. The station was the 16th company to join the Roads and Transport Authority's (RTA) station rebranding programme.[8]

In early 2018, FGB was renamed First Abu Dhabi Bank to reflect the merger between the two banks. In August 2018, Jumeirah Lakes Towers was renamed Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).[citation needed]


Route 2020

An extension of the Red Line to the Expo 2020 site was announced in December 2015 and completed mid-2019. The extension project, named "Route 2020" will create a branch of the line from Nakheel Harbour & Tower to the Expo 2020 site, near Al Maktoum International Airport. The 14.5 km extension will pass through Discovery Gardens, Dubai Investment Park, Al Furjan and Jumeirah Golf Estates and will comprise 7 new stations; 5 elevated and 2 underground. As a result of increasing popularity of the metro, the new stations will feature platforms wider than those found in current stations, to cope with greater ridership.

The track layout east of Nakheel Harbour & Tower station was modified to create a new branch and two additional platforms which will be used to serve the new route.


A second extension from Rashidiya to Mirdif is also proposed.


English Name Arabic Name
Rashidiya الراشدية
Emirates طيران الإمارات
Airport Terminal 3 المطار- مبنى رقم 3
Airport Terminal 1 المطار- مبنى رقم 1
GGICO formerly Al Garhoud جي جي كو
Deira City Centre ديرة سيتي سنتر
Al Rigga الرقة
Union الاتحاد
BurJuman formerly Khalid Bin Al Waleed برجمان
ADCB formerly Al Karama بنك أبوظبي التجاري
Al Jaffliya الجافلية
World Trade Centre المركز التجاري العالمي
Emirates Towers أبراج الإمارات
Financial Centre المركز المالي
Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall دبي مول / برج خليفة
Business Bay الخليج التجاري
Noor Bank formerly Noor Islamic Back / Al Quoz نور بنك
First Abu Dhabi Bank formerly First Gulf Bank بنك أبوظبي الأول
Mall of the Emirates مول الإمارات
Sharaf DG شرف دي جي
Dubai Internet City مدينة دبي للانترنت
Nakheel نخيل
DAMAC Properties formerly Dubai Marina داماك العقارية
DMCC formerly Jumeirah Lakes Towers أبراج بحيرات جميرا
Nakheel Harbour & Tower نخيل هاربر أند تاور
Ibn Battuta ابن بطوطة
Energy الطاقة
Danube formerly Jebel Ali Industrial دانوب
UAE Exchange formerly Jebel Ali مركز الإمارات العربية المتحدة للصرافة


  1. ^ "090909 - day of the Dubai Metro", Arabian Business, 9 September 2009. Retrieved on 13 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Longest driverless metro line". Guinness World Records. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  3. ^ "At a glance: Dubai Metro Archived 1 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine", Gulf News, 19 March 2007. Retrieved on 17 June 2008.
  4. ^ Dubai Metro terminal station set to open on March 11
  5. ^ Report, Staff. "Photos: Dubai Metro to get first of new trains this year". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  6. ^ "First of new Dubai Metro trains to arrive in November". Gulf Business. 23 September 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Jebel Ali station renamed UAE Exchange". Gulf News. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2016.

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