The Dubai Metro is the city’s modern rail system. It is a great way to get around Dubai, with trains running every few minutes from early morning until late at night.
In this article, we will provide all the information you need to know about Dubai Metro.
By the start of the millennium, fast population growth plus rapidly increasing numbers of tourists was putting a huge burden on Dubai’s transport infrastructure.
The Dubai Metro was the city’s answer to the problem. Construction began in 2006 with the first stations opening in 2009.
Trains are driverless and include first-class, and women and children-only sections. Extensive window panels offer great views of the city.
|Red Line||2009||Centrepoint to Expo 2020 (plus branch line from Jabal Ali to UAE Exchange)|
|Green Line||2011||Etisalat to Creek|
A route map of the Dubai Metro system can be found here.
A link to download the pdf version of this map can be found on this page.
The Dubai Metro runs every day of the week. Operating times for both the Red Line and Green Line are:
- Monday to Thursday – 5 am to 1.15 am (next day)
- Friday/Saturday – 5 am to 2.15 am (next day)
- Sunday – 8 am to 1.15 am (next day)
Changes to the Metro times took effect at the beginning of 2022 when Dubai changed its weekend from Friday/Saturday to Saturday/Sunday.
Today’s train times can also be viewed using the RTA’s S’hail app.
Train timings are frequent though, so no timetable is really necessary. For example, on the Red Line trains arrive every 2 or 3 minutes at peak times, and every 5 minutes during off-peak hours.
Dubai Metro fares are cheap compared to similar systems around the world.
Contactless tickets or cards must be purchased before commencing a journey. They are available at all Metro stations, bus stations, and authorised sales agents (Carrefour, Spinneys, etc.)
The layout of a Dubai Metro train is designed to be as user-friendly as possible, with clear signage and information for passengers. The trains are also comfortable and spacious, with plenty of room for luggage.
All Dubai Metro train has a standard layout. Each train has five carriages. At one end of the train, the carriage is divided into two cabins, with one being a Gold Class cabin. The carriage at the other end of the train is Women & Children.
This new layout was introduced in July 2019.
The Gold Class cabin features leather seats and is typically less crowded. The Women & Children carriage offers extra space for strollers.
The remaining areas of the train are for Silver Class (standard class) passengers.
Fines are imposed for passengers traveling in the wrong class of cabin.
The Dubai Metro is a convenient and affordable way to get around the city. There are three large park-and-ride facilities.
|Jabal Ali||Red Line||3000|
Car parking is free for Metro users.
Dubai International Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports and the most popular transit point for people travelling to and from the city.
The Dubai Metro offers 2 dedicated stops for Dubai International Airport; Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. They are perfect for both inbound and outbound air passengers. Travelling on the Dubai Metro is cheaper than taking a taxi.
Dubai International Airport is situated at the eastern end of the Red Line.
Passengers are permitted to carry 2 items of luggage on a Metro train (one large suitcase and one piece of hand baggage). The dimensions of the suitcase should not be greater than 81 cm x 58 cm x 30 cm. The hand baggage should measure less than 55 cm x 38 cm x 20 cm.
Suitcases should be stored in the dedicated luggage area.
The Dubai Metro is integrated with the city’s other modes of public transport.
Feeder buses are shuttle bus services that transport passengers from Dubai Metro stations to local destinations. Feeder bus services have prefixed with the letter F e.g. F01.
Most other bus services also stop at, or near, Dubai Metro stations.
Most bus stations are next to, or near, a Dubai Metro station. The major bus stations are Al Ghubaiba and Gold Souq. Al Ghubaiba Bus Station is near Al Ghubaiba Metro Station. Gold Souq Bus Station is close to Gold Souq Metro Station.
Free WiFi is available on the Dubai Metro. To connect to the service, choose ‘WiFi UAE’ from the list of networks.
The free wireless internet service is provided by du, a local telecommunications company.
A premium (paid) option is also available. It offers higher speeds and longer browsing sessions.
The WiFi service works in all Dubai Metro carriages. The service is also available in many other locations; Dubai Metro stations, bus stops, shopping malls, beaches, etc.
Mobile phone coverage is good across the entire network.
The Dubai Metro is an excellent option for those with disabilities.
The entire network is wheelchair-friendly. All stations have elevators between the station concourse and train platforms.
The train floor is level with the platform and the gap between them is small. Carriage doors open automatically. Wheelchair users can easily roll on and off the train.
All carriages have dedicated spaces reserved for wheelchair users.
Accessible toilets are available at all stations and all ticket offices are wheelchair-friendly.
The Dubai metro has many features which cater to the visually impaired. For example, tactile floor paths guide these passengers from the station entrances to the platforms. There are clear audio announcements in English and Arabic.
All Dubai Metro stations are listed in the table below. Stations are listed alphabetically. The table can be sorted by travel zone, line, etc.
Clicking on the name of each station will take you to a detailed listing for that station.
|Metro Station||Station Number||Line||Area||Zone||Nearby||Notes|
|Abu Baker Al Siddique||G18||Green||Deira||5||Hamarain Centre|
|Abu Hail||G17||Green||Deira||5||Abu Hail Centre|
|ADCB||R20||Red||Al Karama||6||Dubai Central Post Office, Karama Centre, Al Attar Shopping Mall, Karama Market, Al Karama Bus Station||Formerly Al Karama|
|Airport Terminal 1||R14||Red||Garhoud||5||Dubai International Airport|
|Airport Terminal 3||R13||Red||Garhoud||5||Dubai International Airport|
|Al Furjan||R72||Red - Route 2020||Al Furjan||2|
|Al Ghubaiba||G24||Green||Bur Dubai||6||City Centre Al Shindagha, Al Ghubaiba Bus Station|
|Al Jadaf||G29||Green||Al Jaddaf||6||Jaddaf Watefront|
|Al Khail||R35||Red||Dubai Media City||2||Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Emirates Golf Club, American University in Dubai||Formerly Nakheel|
|Al Nahda||G14||Green||Al Qusais||5||Al Bustan Centre|
|Al Qiyadah||G16||Green||Al Twar||5||Dubai Police HQ, Al Mulla Plaza|
|Al Qusais||G12||Green||Al Qusais||5||Al Qusais Pond Park|
|Al Ras||G23||Green||Deira||5||Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, Gold Souk, Spice Souk,|
|Al Rigga||R17||Red||Deira||5||Deira Clock Tower|
|Al Safa||R29||Red||Al Quoz||2||Al Quoz Bus Station, Kite Beach, Oasis Mall, Times Square Center||Formerly Noor Bank, Noor Islamic Bank|
|Baniyas Square||G21||Green||Deira||5||Naif Souk, Al Manal Centre, Dubai Creek|
|Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall||R25||Red||Downtown Dubai||6||Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Coca Cola Arena, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Opera, Burj Park, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, The Green Planet, Dubai Ice Rink, City Walk, Souk Al Bahar|
|BurJuman||R19/G26||Red/Green||Bur Dubai||6||BurJuman, Al Seef, Karama||Transfer Station - Formerly Khalid Bin Al Waleed|
|Business Bay||R26||Red||Business Bay||6||Safa Park|
|Centrepoint||R11||Red||Rashidiya||5||Bin Sougat Centre, Al Rashidiya Police Station, Al Rashidiya Park, City Centre Mirdif, Etihad Mall, Nad Shamma Park, Arabian Center, Uptown Mirdif, Mushrif Park||Formerly Rashidiya|
|Creek||G30||Green||Al Jaddaf||6||Mohammed bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf Marine Station|
|Danube||R41||Red - Branch||Jebel Ali||1|
|Deira City Centre||R16||Red||Deira||5||City Centre Deira, Deira Clock Tower|
|Discovery Gardens||R71||Red - Route 2020||Discovery Gardens||2|
|DMCC||R37||Red||Jumeirah Lakes Towers||2||Dubai Marina Mall, The Walk, Jumeirah Lakes Towers Tram Station, Almas Tower||Formerly Jumeirah Lakes Towers|
|Dubai Airport Free Zone||G13||Green||Al Qusais||5||Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA)|
|Dubai Healthcare City||G28||Green||Umm Hurair||6||Wafi City, Wafi Mall, Khan Murjan, Creek Park, Dubai Dolphinarium, Dubai Children's City|
|Dubai Internet City||R34||Red||Barsha Heights||2|
|Dubai Investment Park||R74||Red - Route 2020||Green Community, Dubai Investments Park||1|
|Emirates||R12||Red||Garhoud||5||Emirates Group HQ. Dubai International Airport, Dubai Festival City, Dubai Festival City Mall|
|Emirates Towers||R23||Red||Trade Centre||6||Emirates Towers, Emirates Towers Boulevard, DIFC, Museum of the Future|
|Energy||R40||Red - Branch||Jebel Ali||2||Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple, Festival Plaza, Al Muntazah|
|Etisalat||G11||Green||Al Qusais||5||Al Qusais Pond Park|
|Expo 2020||R76||Red - Route 2020||Expo 2020||1|
|Financial Centre||R24||Red||Dubai International Financial Centre||6||DIFC|
|GGICO||R15||Red||Garhoud||5||City Centre Deira, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium|
|Gold Souq||G22||Green||Deira||5||Gold Souk, Gold Souq Bus Station||Formerly Palm Deira|
|Ibn Battuta||R39||Red - Branch||Jebel Ali||2||Ibn Battuta Mall, The Gardens, Jebel Ali Recreation Club|
|Jabal Ali||R38||Red - Route 2020||Jebel Ali||2||Formerly Nakheel Harbour and Tower|
|Jumeirah Golf Estates||R73||Red - Route 2020||Jumeirah Golf Estates||3|
|Mall of the Emirates||R32||Red||Al Barsha||2||Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates Bus Station|
|Mashreq||R33||Red||Al Barsha||2||Al Barsha Pond Park||Formerly Sharaf DG|
|Max||R21||Red||Al Jafiliya||6||Zabeel Park, Dubai Frame, Dubai Garden Glow, Bur Dubai Police Station||Formerly Al Jafiliya|
|Oud Metha||G27||Green||Oud Metha||6||Rashid Hospital, St Mary's Catholic Church, Creek Park|
|Salah Al Din||G19||Green||Deira||5||Al Ghurair Centre, Reef Mall|
|Sharaf DG||G25||Green||Bur Dubai||6||Dubai Museum, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Old Souk, Al Seef||Formerly Al Fahidi|
|SOBHA Realty||R36||Red||Dubai Marina||2||Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina Tram Station||Formerly DAMAC Properties and Dubai Marina|
|Stadium||G15||Green||Al Qusais||5||Rashid Stadium|
|The Gardens||R70||Red - Route 2020||The Gardens||2|
|UAE Exchange||R42||Red - Branch||Jebel Ali||1||Formerly Jebel Ali|
|Umm Al Sheif||R31||Red||Al Quoz||2||Gold & Diamond Park||Formerly First Abu Dhabi Bank, First Gulf Bank|
|Union||R18/G20||Red/Green||Deira||5||Al Ghurair Centre, Union Square, Union Square Bus Station, Dubai Creek, Twin Towers||Transfer Station|
|World Trade Centre||R22||Red||Trade Centre||6||Dubai World Trade Centre|