Ten Stations Ready for Metro Launch

DUBAI — Ten stations on the emirate’s rail system will open on September 9 on the launch day, RTA officials said on Sunday.

By (Ibrahim Haj Hamad)

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Published: Sun 30 Aug 2009, 4:20 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:25 AM

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board & Executive Director of Roads & Transport Authority, said the stations opening on Dubai Metro were based around busy centres and the remaining stations would be opened in phases by February next year.

“Some stations are not operated, despite being fully ready long ago, as the property projects to be served by such stations have yet to be completed; which obviously means no passenger demand is foreseen for the time being,” Al Tayer said. “An example of this is the Jebel Ali Station. Moreover, construction of some stations has not been completed due to the multiple systems of the metro itself,” he said at a Press conference.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will launch the metro.

The project has been dogged by reports that it would not open on schedule and that all stations would not be operational but the authority has maintained that while stations might not open where development projects had not been completed, the rail system project would not be put on hold.

The stations due to open on September 9 are Rashidiya, Terminal 3 (Dubai International Airport), City Centre, Al Rigga, Union, Khalid bin Al Waleed, Jafliah, Financial Centre, Mall of the Emirates, and Nakheel Harbour & Tower.

Al Tayer said, in a Reuters report, the metro had increased in cost by 80 per cent after the project was expanded. It will now cost Dh28billion — up from Dh15.5billion.

“The project is on track and the reason the budget has been increased is because we decided to extend the metro line by 4.5 km, add stations and improve the interior design,” Al Tayer said.

The stations that are opening were identified as serving busy districts, including government entities, and connections to other public transport.

Rashidiya Station is the starting point of the Red Line on the East side of the city and houses a multi-storey car park for 2,750 vehicles.

Terminal 3 Station at Dubai International Airport will serve passengers arriving and departing Dubai City, while City Centre, Al Rigga and Khalid bin Al Waleed Stations serve residential and commercial areas with high traffic flow.

Union Station serves the Central Business District along with several key government entities, while the station is also located nearby a major bus station and many marine transport stations at the Dubai Creek, which makes it a multi-modal station, said Al Tayer.

The Financial Centre Station will serve the business and financial district of Dubai.

“Dubai Metro service is set to run at 10 minutes headway at a rate of six trains per hour with an intake of 3,858 passengers per hour per direction, and the volume of demand on the Red Line services is anticipated as 3,500 passengers per hour per direction.”

Set to go

- rashidiya station

-terminal 3 (airport)

- city centre

- Al Rigga

- Union

- Khalid bin al Waleed

- Jafliah

- Financial Centre

-Mall of the Emirates

- Nakheel Harbour and Tower

ibrahim@khaleejtimes.ae



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