Dubai is really a heavenly place for those who love some kind of excitement in their lives. Despite the extreme temperature and the scorching heat of the sun, the dessert that turned to megacity is the preferred choice of people for their holidays. So if you are preparing to pack your bags for Dubai then you will be happy to know that getting around Dubai will not be a problem for you, even if you are visiting for the very first time. Thanks to the efficient Public Transport system; especially the Dubai Metro that have made it easier for everyone to easily reach each and every corner of the city. This guide will be providing the complete details related to the Green line and Redline Metros in Dubai including the routes, maps, timings, fares and other important things so here we go!
A little history
Due to the increased population and the greater number of tourists visiting Dubai, it was felt that transportation was becoming the biggest problem. Well to answer this issue, the project for Dubai Metro was started in 2006 and the very first metro station was opened in 2009. The Red line was opened in 2009 and the Green line was opened in 2011. Till March 2014 all the stations were opened for the both Green and Red lines.
Dubai Metro Station Map
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The Red Line covers Rashidiya till the UAE Exchange (Formerly known as (Jebel Ali). There are total 29 stations that are opened for the people.
The Green Line covers Etisalat Metro Station in AlQusais to Creek in Al Jaddaf. There are total 20 stations for Green Line and they all are opened.
There are total 5 carriages. One carriage has two cabins one is Metro Gold and the other is dedicated for the women and children. The Gold Cabin offers comfortable leather seats and if you want to travel in a less crowded cabin then it is a good option for you. The remaining four carriages are for normal passengers.
Passengers travelling towards Jebel Ali in Red Line will find the Gold Cabin at the front and those travelling to Rashidiya will find it at the end.
Passengers travelling to Creek in Green Line will find the Gold Cabin at the front and those travelling to Etisalat will find it at the end.
Those who travel in the wrong cabins will need to pay fine so please make sure that you are in the right cabin!
Metro Stations you should not miss!
Some of the important Metro stations that you must not miss are:
Airport Terminal 1/3
Landing to Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 will give you the chance to head directly to the Airport Metro station where you will find the Red Line for Rasidiya or Jebel Ali
Deira City Centre
It is the first stop that will be interesting for the tourists as this stop is present in the Deira City Centre with different shops, cafes and restaurants.
This station provides the services to the Burjuman Mall. This area is also close to different Consulates. You can also pick Green line from this station and explore Dubai Creek Area.
This station will let you visit the famous Al Karama Markets and you can also enjoy delicious Indian food there.
Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall
This metro station offers you the visit to famous Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall.
Mall of the Emirates
You can easily reach to the second biggest mall of Dubai, Mall of the Emirates through this station.
This station will let you visit the beautiful Dubai Marina with the fine dining options.
Jumeirah Lakes Tower
After passing one stop from Damac properties you will get the chance to experience the tall buildings surrounded with the lakes. You can also walk to discover more in this area.
This is most probably the final stop for the tourists’ interests in Jebel Ali bound Red Line as it serves the Ibn Battuta Mall.
This Green line metro station will let you visit Novo Cinemas Galleria, different shops, restaurants and hotels.
It is among the busiest stations of Green Line. It is the closest station to the historical district Al Fahidi. You can visit the Dubai Museum
The cultural Village development is located to the east and Palazzo Versace Dubai and D1 Tower are present here
Dubai Metro Timings
Metro services are easily available every day and Dubai Metro timings are scheduled as:
Red line: It operates from Saturday to Wednesday from 5 am till midnight, 5 am till 1 am on Thursday and from 10 am till 1 am on Friday
Green line: It operates from Saturday to Wednesday from 5.30 am till midnight, 5.30 am till 1 am on Thursday and from 10 am till 1 am on Friday.
Some more information about Dubai Metro
There are total 79 trains in Dubai Metro and 50 trains usually run in the rush hours. Every train can accommodate 643 passengers and the route maps display the information for the different passengers in English and Arabic. The security arrangements are strict and every carriage is monitored by the CCTV cameras. The trains are checked for the fitness and maintenance in every 3 days.
Dubai Metro Fares
Dubai Metro Fares are quite cheap and therefore you can enjoy a safer journey exploring different places that are covered by different metro routes very easily. It is needed to purchase contactless tickets or the cards prior to the journey. These can be easily bought from the different Metro Stations, authorized sales agents or the bus stations. These NoI cards or tickets are of four types and here are the details:
- NoI Silver Card: This can be bought for 25 AED and if you are an occasional traveller then you can easily use this card for your journeys. This card has the worth of 19 AED credit for the trip.
- NoI Gold Card: You can get this card for 25 AED and can travel in Special Metro Gold Class cabins. You need to pay a premium fare and this card includes the credit of 19 AED for the trip.
- NoI Blue Card: If you are a regular user then this card would be the perfect choice for you as it would offer you 20 AED credit for the trip.
- NoI Red Ticket: This ticket will be suitable for tourists. It is a paper ticket and can offer 10 trips for the tourists.
Dubai Metro Route for Expo 2020
According to RTA, routes are planned for the Expo 2020 that will be linking the red line to the venue. It will be linking Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the venue of Expo 2020 including the elevated route of 10.5 km, underground route of 4 km and two more underground stations. The extension of Red Line will include 8 stations and the design is just like the wings of an aeroplane.
Some interesting facts
- The interior of the Dubai Metro portrays the rich culture of UAE. There are unique shell shaped roofs.
- All the metro stations for Green and Red line are based on the four elements of nature including:
- Air (11 stations)
- Fire (11 stations)
- Water (13 stations)
- Earth (12 stations)
- The interior is also based on the air and water theme
- The timings for the Metro Dubai were revised in 2015 when it started its operations early morning
- There is the facility for the passengers to transfer between the lines at any of the two transit stations of Union or Burjuman
Dubai’s transportation system has got the strength with the Metro, and further expansion of the routes will be providing more opportunities not only to the visitors but also for the residents. If you want to visit Dubai then Metro will be a good option to travel the whole city in an affordable and comfortable way.