Dubai Metro: Project Information, Tenders, Routes and Updates

The Dubai Metro is a mass rapid transit system serving the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Red Line and Green Line are operational, with one more line being constructed. These first two lines run underground in the city center and on elevated viaducts elsewhere (elevated railway).

  • Name of The Project: Dubai Metro Rail Project
  • Operator Name: Serco Group
  • Owner of The Project: Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Type of project: Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS)
  • Cost of the project: AED 28 billion (US$7.8 billion)
  • Current Status: Operational – September 9, 2009


Operational Network: 74.6 km | No. of Station: 49

Dubai Metro Rail Network

Phase I

Red Line:  Rashidiya – UAE Exchange

  • Route Length: 52.1 km
  • Stations: 29 Stations
  • Stations: Rashidiya, Emirates, Airport Terminal 3, Airport Terminal 1, GGICO formerly Al Garhoud, Deira City Centre, Al Rigga, Union, BurJuman formerly Khalid Bin Al Waleed, ADCB formerly Al Karama, Al Jaffliya, World Trade Centre, Emirates Towers, Financial Centre, Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall, Business Bay, Noor Bank formerly Noor Islamic Back / Al Quoz, First Abu Dhabi Bank formerly First Gulf Bank, Mall of the Emirates, Sharaf DG, Dubai Internet City, Nakheel, DAMAC Properties formerly Dubai Marina, DMCC formerly Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Nakheel Harbour & Tower, Ibn Battuta, Energy, Danube (formerly Jebel Ali Industrial), UAE Exchange (formerly Jebel Ali).
  • Depot: Rashidiya

Green Line: Etisalat – Creek

  • Route Length: 22.5 km
  • Stations: 20 Stations (12 elevated & 8 underground)
  • Proposed Stations: Etisalat, Al Qusais, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Al Nahda, Stadium, Al Qiyadah, Abu Hail, Abu Baker Al Siddique, Salah Al-Din, Union, Baniyas Square, Palm Deira, Al Ras, Al Ghubaiba, Al Fahidi, BurJuman formerly Khalid Bin Al Waleed, Oud Metha, Dubai Healthcare City, Al Jadaf, Creek.
  • Depot: Etisalat

Phase II

Route 2020: Nakheel Harbour and Tower station – Expo 2020

  • Route Length: 15 km
  • Stations: 7 Stations (5 elevated & 2 underground)
  • Project Cost: AED 10.6 billion (US$ 2.45 billion)
  • Status: Under Construction

Purple Line: Dubai International Airport – Al Maktoum International Airport

  • Route Length: 49 km
  • Stations: 8 Stations
  • Project Cost: US$ 2.735 billion
  • Status: Proposed

Major Contract Awarded

  • Dubai Rail Link (DURL) consortium: General Consultancy
  • Systra-Parsons Corporation JV: Project Management Service
  • Kinki Sharyo: Supply of Rolling Stock (79, five-car trainsets)
  • Serco Group: Operation and Maintenance

Project Timeline

October 24, 2005:
Construction work on Dubai Metro Project starts at Al Ittihad Park in Deira.

November 2005:
Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued a decree setting up Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, which have direct jurisdictions and responsibilities over Dubai Metro sector

March 21, 2006:
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched the construction work of Dubai Metro in an official event held at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

July 29, 2006:
The first concrete pillar of the Dubai Metro viaduct, between the sixth and seventh interchanges on Shaikh Zayed Road, is cast.

January 10, 2007:
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad launches the drilling of Dubai Metro tunnels by pressing the operation button of the giant Tunnel Boring Machine, Al Wugeisha, at the site of the Union Station in the direction of Burjuman Station.

March 7, 2008:
The first batch of Dubai Metro carriages (10 trains) arrives at Jebel Ali Port.

Sept 20, 2008:
Shaikh Mohammad launches the technical trial run of Dubai Metro on the test track.

Sept 9, 2009:
Shaikh Mohammad launches the commercial operation of the Red Line starting with ten stations.

Sept 9, 2011:
Shaikh Mohammad launches the commercial operation of the Green Line of Dubai Metro.

November 7, 2011:
Dubai Metro surpasses the milestone as more than 100 million passengers use the service since its launch on September 9, 2009.

June 13, 2015:
The RTA unveils plans to extend the Metro tracks to 110km by 2020 and to 421km by 2030.

September 09, 2017:
Dubai Metro crosses a billion-rider mark.