Red Line (Dubai Metro)

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Red Line
Metro Dubai 001.jpg
Type Rapid transit
System Dubai Metro
Status Complete
Locale Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Termini Rashidiya
UAE Exchange
Stations 29
Opened 9 September 2009 (limited)
Owner Roads and Transport Authority (Dubai)
Operator(s) Serco
Line length 52.1 kilometers (32.4 mi)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Third rail
Operating speed 95 km/h (59 mph)
Route map

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]

Opening dates[edit]

Date Station(s)/section opened Notes
9 September 2009 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.
4 January 2010 Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station 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 stations

ADCB was initially opened as Al Karama.

DAMAC Properties was initially opened as Dubai Marina.

15 May 2010 Noor Bank, World Trade Centre & GGICO stations 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 stations FGB was initially opened as First Gulf Bank.
11 March 2011 Ibn Batutta to UAE Exchange section

UAE Exchange station

UAE Exchange was initially opened as Jebel Ali.
11 December 2010 Danube station
30 September 2013 Energy station


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.[3] 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.

Notable stations[edit]

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 Jebel Ali.[4]


An extension of the Red Line to the Expo 2020 site was announced in December 2015. 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. Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station is to be reconstructed to allow trains to the construction of the new spur. The 14.5km extension will pass through Discovery Gardens, Dubai Investment Park, Al Furjan and Jumeirah Golf Estates and will have 8 new stations; 6 elevated and 2 underground. As a result of increasing popularity of the Metro, the newly built stations will have platforms wider than those found in current stations, to cope with greater ridership. The extension is expected to be completed in 2019.

It was announced in December 2017 that the Red Line would be suspended between Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Ibn Battuta stations from 5th January 2018 until mid-2019 due to reconstruction work at Nakheel Harbour & Tower station. A free replacement shuttle bus is to be used by passengers during the period of disruption.

A second extension from Rashidiya to Mirdif is also proposed.

Station names[edit]

On 13 May 2010, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that the Al Quoz metro station, which opened on 15 May, would instead be called Noor Islamic Bank Station. This latest announcement that Noor Islamic Bank has 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.

The naming initiative has so far generated Dh2 billion in revenue for the RTA. On average, each station has brought in Dh90-100 million. As many as 21 stations on both Red and Green Lines have already been named after local and international corporate giants, including Etisalat, Emirates Airlines, GGICO, Nakheel, Sharaf DG, First Gulf Bank and Danube for Jebel Ali Industrial Station.[5] Noor Islamic Bank is the latest to join the pantheon.[6]

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.[7]

In early 2018, FGB station renamed First Abu Dhabi Bank to reflect the merger between the two banks.


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 مرسى دبي
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. ^ Dubai Metro terminal station set to open on March 11
  4. ^ "At a glance: Dubai Metro", Gulf News, 19 March 2007. Retrieved on 17 June 2008.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Al Quoz station named after Noor Islamic Bank
  7. ^ "Jebel Ali station renamed UAE Exchange". Gulf News. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 

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