Red Line (Dubai Metro)

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Red Line
Metro Dubai 001.jpg
OwnerRoads and Transport Authority (Dubai)
LocaleDubai, United Arab Emirates
UAE Exchange
TypeRapid transit
SystemDubai Metro
Opened9 September 2009 (limited)
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
Al Jafiliya
World Trade Centre
Emirates Towers
Financial Centre
Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall
Business Bay
Al Safa
Umm Al Sheif
Mall of the Emirates
Dubai Internet City
Al Khail
DAMAC Properties
Jabal Ali
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 an auxiliary depot at UAE Exchange.[3]


In 2013 the Red line lifted a total over 88 million passengers and the current daily average is about 243,000 people as of 2013, according to the RTA Statistics Office.[4]

As part of the Expo 2020 development in Dubai, an extension of the Red Line has been constructed between Jabal Ali and the Expo 2020 site, known as 'Route 2020'. The extension was partially opened on 1st January 2021, between Jabal Ali and Al Furjan.


The Red Line has 29 stations; 24 elevated, 4 underground, and one at ground level. The line is 52.1 km (32.4 mi) long, with 4.7 km (2.9 mi) underground.

170 feeder buses provided by the RTA for commuters to commute to stations on the line are also in operation as of 15 October 2010.

Branch Station Name Opening date Notes
English Arabic
Rashidiya الراشدية 09/09/09 Main depot
Emirates طيران الإمارات 30/04/10
Airport Terminal 3 المطار- مبنى رقم 3 09/09/09
Airport Terminal 1 المطار- مبنى رقم 1 30/04/10
GGICO جي جي كو 15/05/10 Planned as Al Garhoud
Deira City Centre ديرة سيتي سنتر 09/09/09
Al Rigga الرقة 09/09/09
Union الاتحاد 09/09/09 Interchange with Green Line
BurJuman برجمان 09/09/09 Interchange with Green Line. Opened as Khalid bin Al Waleed.
ADCB بنك أبوظبي التجاري 30/04/10 Opened as Al Karama
Al Jafiliya الجافلية 09/09/09
World Trade Centre المركز التجاري العالمي 15/05/10
Emirates Towers أبراج الإمارات 30/04/10
Financial Centre المركز المالي 09/09/09
Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall دبي مول / برج خليفة 04/01/10
Business Bay الخليج التجاري 15/10/10
Al Safa الصفا 15/05/10 Planned as Al Quoz. Opened as Noor Islamic Bank.
Umm Al Sheif ام الشيف 15/10/10 Opened as First Gulf Bank. Renamed FGB.
Mall of the Emirates مول الإمارات 09/09/09
Mashreq المشرق 15/10/10 Opened as Sharaf DG
Dubai Internet City مدينة دبي للانترنت 30/04/10
Al Khail الخيل 15/10/10
Dubai Marina دبي مارينا 30/04/10 Interchange with Dubai Tram. Opened as Dubai Marina.
DMCC أبراج بحيرات جميرا 15/10/10 Interchange with Dubai Tram. Opened as Jumeirah Lakes Towers.
Jabal Ali جبل علي 09/09/09 Opened as Nakheel Harbour & Tower
The Gardens 01/01/21
Discovery Gardens 01/01/21
Al Furjan 01/01/21
Jumeirah Golf Estates 19/03/21
Dubai Investment Park 19/03/21
Expo 2020 19/03/21
Ibn Battuta ابن بطوطة 30/04/10
Energy الطاقة 30/09/13
Danube دانوب 12/12/12 Opened as Jebel Ali Industrial
UAE Exchange الإمارات العربية المتحدة للصرافة 11/03/11 Opened as Jebel Ali. Auxiliary depot.

Route 2020 extension[edit]

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 Jabal Ali station was modified to create a new branch and two additional platforms which will be used to serve the new route.

The extension was partially opened on 1st January 2021, with trains running a shuttle service between Jabal Ali and Al Furjan.


The entire journey time on the Red Line is approximately 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.

Station naming[edit]

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).[5]


  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. ^ "Metro to add Red Line station on 12/12/12". Retrieved 28 June 2020.