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.
Two lines have been constructed. Another is scheduled to open in 2020.
|Red Line||2009||Rashidiya to UAE Exchange (Jebel Ali)|
|Green Line||2011||Etisalat to Creek|
|Route 2020||Opening 2020.||Nakheel Harbour and Tower to Expo 2020.|
Route 2020 is a 15 km extension of the Dubai Metro. It will run from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station to the Expo 2020 site. It is scheduled to open in May 2020.
The Metro is connected to the Dubai Tram system at DAMAC Metro Station (formerly Dubai Marina Metro Station) and DMCC Metro Station (formerly Jumeirah Lakes Towers Metro Station), both on the Red Line.
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.
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.
Train timings are frequent so no timetable is necessary. Trains arrive every 4 minutes on average during peak hours and every 7 minutes during off-peak hours.
A journey along the entire length of the Red Line (from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali) takes 1 hour and 8 minutes. The Green Line is shorter. The trip from Etisalat to Dubai Healthcare city takes 36 minutes.
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.
|Nakheel Harbour and Tower||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.