Dubai Metro Red Line

The Dubai Metro Red Line is one of the most important pieces of transport infrastructure in the city. It’s responsible for connecting some of Dubai’s most popular areas and destinations.

If you’re visiting Dubai and plan on using public transport, then you’ll certainly be using the Red Line. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about it.

The main section of the Dubai Metro Red Line runs between Centrepoint and Expo 2020, passing Dubai International Airport, and going through Deira and Bur Dubai. It then follows the Sheikh Zayed Road to Jabal Ali, calling at destinations such as Business Bay, the Dubai Mall, and Dubai Marina, before heading to the exhibition site.

A branch line of the Red Line runs from Jabal Ali to UAE Exchange. To travel to UAE Exchange or other stations on the branch line you’ll need to change trains at Jabal Ali.

Before the opening of the Route 2020 extension, trains ran non-stop from Centrepoint to UAE Exchange.

View from a train on the Dubai Metro Red Line
View from a train on the Red Line

The Red Line connects to the Green Line at two transfer stations; Union Metro Station and BurJuman Metro Station.

Six stations on the Red Line are underground (Deira City Centre, Al Rigga, Union, BurJuman, Jumeirah Golf Estates, and Dubai Investment Park). UAE Exchange is at ground level. The rest are elevated.

There are two large park-and-ride facilities on the line where drivers can park their cars free of charge. Centrepoint Metro Station (close to Dubai International Airport) has spaces for 2,700 vehicles while Jabal Ali Metro Station (west of Dubai Marina) can accommodate 3,000 vehicles.


Timings for the Red 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)

The timetable was changed at the beginning of 2022 when Dubai changed its weekend from Friday/Saturday to Saturday/Sunday.

Hours may change for public holidays.

Trains run at around 3-minute intervals during peak hours and every 5 minutes at other times.

The total travel time between Centrepoint and Expo 2020 is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Schematic Map

The diagram below is a schematic representation of the Dubai Metro system. All the stations on the Red Line are highlighted.

Dubai Metro Red Line
Dubai Metro Red Line – Schematic Map

Travel zones are also shown. Fares are calculated based on the number of zones crossed.

Please note the following station name changes:

  • Al Jafiliya – Renamed Max in August 2021
  • Al Karama – Renamed ADCB (Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank) in September 2014
  • DAMAC Properties – Renamed Dubai Marina in November 2020, and then SOBHA Realty in August 2021
  • Jebel Ali – Renamed UAE Exchange in June 2015
  • First Gulf Bank – Renamed First Abu Dhabi Bank in 2018, and then Umm Al Sheif in November 2020
  • Jumeirah Lakes Towers – Renamed DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) in November 2018
  • Nakheel – Renamed Al Khail in November 2020
  • Nakheel Harbour and Tower – Renamed Jabal Ali in May 2020
  • Noor Bank – Renamed Al Safa in November 2020
  • Rashidiya – Renamed Centrepoint in August 2021
  • Sharaf DG – Renamed Mashreq in May 2020

Quick Guide – Red Line

Use our guide to the main section of the Red Line to find the closest station to your intended destination.

Metro StationStation NumberAreaZoneNearby
Centrepoint (formerly Rashidiya) 11Rashidiya5Bin Sougat Centre, Al Rashidiya Police Station, Al Rashidiya Park, City Centre Mirdif, Etihad Mall, Nad Shamma Park, Arabian Center, Uptown Mirdif, Mushrif Park
Emirates12Garhoud5Emirates Group HQ. Dubai International Airport, Dubai Festival City, Dubai Festival City Mall
Airport Terminal 313Garhoud5Dubai International Airport
Airport Terminal 114Garhoud5Dubai International Airport
GGICO15Garhoud5City Centre Deira, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Deira City Centre16Deira5City Centre Deira, Deira Clock Tower
Al Rigga17Deira5Deira Clock Tower
Union (Transfer Station)18Deira5Al Ghurair Centre, Union Square, Union Square Bus Station, Dubai Creek, Twin Towers
BurJuman (Transfer Station)19Bur Dubai6BurJuman, Al Seef, Karama
ADCB (formerly Al Karama)20Al Karama6Dubai Central Post Office, Karama Centre, Al Attar Shopping Mall, Karama Market, Al Karama Bus Station
Max (formerly Al Jafiliya)21Al Jafiliya6Zabeel Park, Dubai Frame, Dubai Garden Glow, Bur Dubai Police Station
World Trade Centre22Trade Centre6Dubai World Trade Centre
Emirates Towers23Trade Centre6Emirates Towers, Emirates Towers Boulevard, DIFC, Museum of the Future
Financial Centre24Dubai International Financial Centre6DIFC
Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall25Downtown Dubai6Burj 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
Business Bay26Business Bay6Safa Park
Al Safa (formerly Noor Bank)29Al Quoz2Al Quoz Bus Station, Kite Beach, Oasis Mall, Times Square Center
Umm Al Sheif (formerly First Abu Dhabi Bank)31Al Quoz2Gold & Diamond Park
Mall of the Emirates32Al Barsha2Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates Bus Station
Mashreq (formerly Sharaf DG)33Al Barsha2Al Barsha Pond Park
Dubai Internet City34Barsha Heights2
Al Khail (formerly Nakheel)35Dubai Media City2Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Emirates Golf Club, American University in Dubai
SOBHA Realty (formerly Dubai Marina and DAMAC Properties)36Dubai Marina2Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina Tram Station
DMCC (formerly Jumeirah Lakes Towers)37Jumeirah Lakes Towers2Dubai Marina Mall, The Walk, Jumeirah Lakes Towers Tram Station, Almas Tower
Jabal Ali (formerly Nakheel Harbour and Tower)38Jebel Ali2
The Gardens70The Gardens2The Gardens, Discovery Gardens
Discovery Gardens71Discovery Gardens2Discovery Gardens
Al Furjan72Al Furjan2Al Furjan, Discovery Gardens
Expo 202076Expo 20201Expo 2020, Dubai Exhibition Centre

Quick Guide – Red Line Branch Line

The branch line of the Red Line runs from Jabal Ali to UAE Exchange. To travel on the main section of the Red Line, change trains at Jabal Ali.

Metro StationStation NumberAreaZoneNearby
Jabal Ali38Jebel Ali2
Ibn Battuta39Jebel Ali2Ibn Battuta Mall, The Gardens, Jebel Ali Recreation Club
Energy40Jebel Ali2Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple, Festival Plaza, Al Muntazah
Danube41Jebel Ali1
UAE Exchange (formerly Jebel Ali)42Jebel Ali1

Dubai Tram Connections

The Dubai Metro connects to Dubai Tram stations at DMCC and SOBHA Realty, both Red Line stations.

The tram runs around Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence. It then follows King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud Street to the Palm Jumeirah before continuing to Al Sufouh.


Route Map – City Overlay

The map below shows the route of the Dubai Metro Red Line, overlaid on the map of the city. Click here to see an interactive map.

Map showing route of Dubai Metro Red Line

Comments and Additional Information

  1. How long it would take from Burjuman station to Mall of the Emirates station ?

  2. What’s the timing for the last train from UAE Exchange?

  3. We are staying in Abu Dhabi and have hired a car. What is the best metro station to park at so we can then catch the metro into the city centre and not have to worry about the traffic and trying to find a park.

  4. What is your definition of operating hours for last train? For example if it says midnight, last train leaves origin at midnight or train back to final destination at midnight?

    • Hours are for the line as a whole. To find out the last train from a certain station, follow the guidelines on this page (see Timetable heading).

  5. Having just returned from Dubai it is worth pointing out that the station formerly called ‘Jumeirah Lakes Towers’ is NOW called ‘DMCC’ -Dubai Multi Commodities Centre. This changed happened on September 1st 2018. Not all web pages; phone apps publicity material etc reflect the new name. First time visitors to Dubai might find it a little disconcerting if they are trying to get to Jumeirah Lake Towers, when the name no longer exists.

    • Sorry for the oversight. The map has now been amended.

  6. We arrive in Dubai on July 20th at 5 am and depart on our next flight at 3 pm giving us about 6 hours to see parts of Dubai. We’d like to see the architecture, the gardens, perhaps take a boat ride in old Dubai, and if time permits, go to either the mall with the aquarium or the ski resort, just to see it. What is the best way to do this with the Metro? At which stops do we stop? What is the price and best way to purchase the tickets?

  7. I’d like to travel by metro from Terminal 3 at the airport to Dubai Internet City station. Is that route operational? I was not able to gather this from the above.

  8. Link to DAMAC (formerly Al Karama) 20 Al Karama 6 is incorrect.
    When selected page shows info about DAMAC (formerly Dubai Marina) 36 Dubai Marina 2

    • Thanks. It was an error on our part.

  9. Hi, this is pretty useful info except for the fact that it’s difficult to plan a journey in terms of time. For instance, if I wanted to get to the Creek for a specific time during the day, there is no info here to help me with that.

    • i agreed with you sir. As there is no specific time of every Metro departure, it is difficult for us to plan our itinerary precisely. Am hoping for Dubai Metro to improve this.

      • Trains depart every few minutes. How precise departure times do you really need?

        • But it would be good to know approximately how long the train journey would take. For example, tomorrow I am going to the airport from Business Bay. If I know how long that would take i could be at the Business Bay station at around the right time and just wait for the next train.

        • It’s about arrival at somewhere once you are on the train, not departure times. The journey times are needed to plan properly.

        • Is there a possibility to calculate the time of a trip between two stations? For example, from JLT to Terminal 1.

    • Can someone tell me how long it would take to travel from Mall of the Emirates to Airport Terminal 3?

      • Half an hour..

    • Use Wojhati app to plan your travel. It works on bus, metro, taxi and tram.


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