The new Dubai Metro line that will connect commuters to the Expo 2020 site is expected to open later this year.
8 July 2020| Last updated on 9 July 2020
Photo: Dubai Media Office
Watch an official sneak peak, courtesy of HH Sheikh Mohammed.
The Dubai Metro line has completed a new route that will connect passengers to the Expo 2020 site and its surrounding areas.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, was joined by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, Deputy Ruler of Dubai on the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday.
It's a 15-km long extension of the existing red line and features seven new stations. The project itself cost AED 11 billion and took around four years to complete. It will open to the public in September 2020, with tracks that will run over and underground.
Expo 2020 will open in October 2021, which was delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday afternoon HH Sheikh Mohammed shared a video on Twitter presenting Route 2020.
"We announced 47 months ago about the extension of the Dubai Metro red line at a cost of 11 billion dirhams," said the official tweet.
"50 trains, 7 stations, 125,000 passengers daily, 12,000 engineers and technicians and 80 million hours of work to complete our work on time as we promised," HH Sheikh Mohammed added.
"We say what we do and we do what we say. This is Dubai."
How does the new Dubai Metro line route look?
Photo: Dubai Metro
Route 2020 starts Jebel Ali station (formerly Nakheel Harbour and Tower station), and ends at the Expo 2020 station (for now).
The metro line will pass through neighbourhoods such as Discovery Gardens, Jumeirah Golf Estates, and Dubai Investments Park.
There are currently three elevated and two underground stations, with fifty trains set to serve commuters across seven stations which includes one interchange station at the redline and one flagship station at the Expo 2020 site.
These are the seven stations on Route 2020:
- Jebel Ali Station
- The Gardens Station
- Discovery Gardens Station
- Al Furjan Station
- Jumeirah Golf Estates Station
- Dubai Investment Park Station
- Expo Station.
The new Jumeirah Golf Estates station will be the biggest among the whole Dubai Metro network.
Mattar Al Tayer, the Director General of RTA, said that Route 2020 would have the capacity to carry 125,000 riders a day in 2021 and 275,000 riders a day by 2030.