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||Rashidiya to UAE Exchange (Jebel Ali)|
|Green Line||2011||Etisalat to Creek|
|Route 2020||2021||Jabal Ali to Expo 2020.|
Route 2020 is a 15 km extension of the Dubai Metro. It will run from Jabal Ali Metro Station to the Expo 2020 site. It opened in January 2021.
An interactive 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 are:
- Red Line – 5 am until midnight Saturday to Wednesday, 5 am until 1 am on Thursday, and 10 am until 1 am on Friday.
- Green Line – 5.30 am until midnight Saturday to Wednesday, 5.30 am until 1 am on Thursday, and 10 am until 1 am on Friday.
- Route 2020 – 5 am until midnight Saturday to Wednesday, 5 am until 1 am on Thursday, and 10 am until 1 am on Friday.
Changes to the Metro start times on Fridays took effect at the beginning of October 2015. Previously the Metro had started running at 1 pm on Fridays. Earlier start times on all days were introduced in November 2017.
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. Trains arrive every 4 minutes on average during peak hours and every 7 minutes during off-peak hours.
Fares are cheap compared to similar systems around the world.
Contactless tickets or cards must be purchased prior to commencing a journey. They are available at all Metro stations, bus stations, and authorised sales agents (Carrefour, Spinneys etc.)
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 travelling in the wrong class of cabin.
There are three large park and ride facilities on the Dubai Metro where drivers can leave their cars.
|Jabal Ali||Red Line||3000|
Parking is free for Metro users.
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 are prefixed 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, 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 offering 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.
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|
|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|
|Sharaf DG||G25||Green||Bur Dubai||6||Dubai Museum, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Old Souk, Al Seef||Formerly Al Fahidi|
|Al Furjan||R72||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 Jafiliya||R21||Red||Al Jafiliya||6||Zabeel Park, Dubai Frame, Dubai Garden Glow, Bur Dubai Police Station|
|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|
|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|
|Creek||G30||Green||Al Jaddaf||6||Mohammed bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf Marine Station|
|Dubai Marina||R36||Red||Dubai Marina||2||Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina Tram Station||Formerly DAMAC Properties|
|Deira City Centre||R16||Red||Deira||5||City Centre Deira, Deira Clock Tower|
|Discovery Gardens||R71||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||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||Jebel Ali||2||Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple, Festival Plaza, Al Muntazah|
|Etisalat||G11||Green||Al Qusais||5||Al Qusais Pond Park|
|Expo 2020||R76||Route 2020||Expo 2020||1|
|Financial Centre||R24||Red||Dubai International Financial Centre||6||DIFC|
|Umm Al Sheif||R31||Red||Al Quoz||2||Gold & Diamond Park||Formerly First Abu Dhabi Bank, First Gulf Bank|
|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||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||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|
|Al Khail||R35||Red||Dubai Media City||2||Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Emirates Golf Club, American University in Dubai||Formerly Nakheel|
|Al Safa||R29||Red||Al Quoz||2||Al Quoz Bus Station, Kite Beach, Oasis Mall, Times Square Center||Formerly Noor Bank, Noor Islamic Bank|
|Oud Metha||G27||Green||Oud Metha||6||Rashid Hospital, St Mary's Catholic Church, Creek Park|
|Rashidiya||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|
|Salah Al Din||G19||Green||Deira||5||Al Ghurair Centre, Reef Mall|
|Stadium||G15||Green||Al Qusais||5||Rashid Stadium|
|The Gardens||R70||Route 2020||The Gardens||2|
|UAE Exchange||R42||Red||Jebel Ali||1||Formerly Jebel Ali|
|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|