Red Line (Dubai Metro)
|Locale||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Opened||9 September 2009 (limited)|
|Owner||Roads and Transport Authority (Dubai)|
|Line length||52.1 kilometers (32.4 mi)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Operating speed||95 km/h (59 mph)|
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. 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.
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.
|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|
|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. 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.
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.
In addition, 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).
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.
In early 2018, FGB was renamed First Abu Dhabi Bank to reflect the merger between the two banks.
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. The 14.5 km extension will pass through Discovery Gardens, Dubai Investment Park, Al Furjan and Jumeirah Golf Estates and will comprise 8 new stations; 6 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 extension is expected to be completed in 2019.
Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station is currently being reconstructed to modify the track layout in the area, allowing trains to access the new spur. To facilitate this, the Red Line is suspended between Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Ibn Battuta between 5 January 2018 and mid-2019. Crossovers at these two stations are allowing the Red Line to operate in two sections:
• Rashidiya to Jumeirah Lakes Towers
• Ibn Battuta to UAE Exchange
A free replacement shuttle bus between Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Ibn Battuta is to be used by passengers during the period of disruption.
A second extension from Rashidiya to Mirdif is also proposed.
|English Name||Arabic Name|
|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|
|BurJuman formerly Khalid Bin Al Waleed||برجمان|
|ADCB formerly Al Karama||بنك أبوظبي التجاري|
|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|
|DAMAC Properties formerly Dubai Marina||داماك العقارية|
|Jumeirah Lakes Towers||أبراج بحيرات جميرا|
|Nakheel Harbour & Tower||نخيل هاربر أند تاور|
|Ibn Battuta||ابن بطوطة|
|Danube formerly Jebel Ali Industrial||دانوب|
|UAE Exchange formerly Jebel Ali||مركز الإمارات العربية المتحدة للصرافة|
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