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Dubai Metro crosses new milestones

Light rail system transports 33.3m commuters in first quarter of 2013

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 21:00 May 19, 2013
  • Gulf News

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Dubai: Dubai Metro has continued to rise in popularity, attracting more commuters everyday.

In the first quarter of this year, both the red and green lines of the world’s biggest driverless metro network transported 33.34 million commuters, indicating a significant increase over the same period last year.

Adnan Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of the Rail Agency at the Road and Transport Authority, said that this year witnessed an obvious growth in the number of the metro commuters compared to the same period of last year, adding that “this is what we seek to achieve through our annual schemes by setting a diversified package of initiatives and activities that contribute in attracting all segments of society to use the Metro as the premier means of transportation as it’s secure, safe and convenient at the same time.”

The 52-kilometre Red Line, which includes 29 stations, of which four are underground and 25 are elevated, transported 21.8 million commuters.

While the the 22-kilometre Green Line, which has includes 18 stations, six of them underground, transported 11.5 million commuters.

According to Al Hammadi, metro’s Red Line clocked 26,359 trips in the first quarter of this year, while the green line saw 7,941 trips.

Red Line Deira City Centre was the most used station, attracting 1,643,115 commuters from January to March, followed by Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station with 1,573,337 commuters, while the Mall of the Emirates station clocked 1,437,421 and Union Station 1,392,419.

Among the Green Line stations, Al Fahidi station came first, with 1,372,303 commuters, followed by Baniyas Square Station with 1,345,248, Al Ghubaiba Station with 1,116,000 and the Oud Maitha Station with 903,106.

Comments (9)

  1. Added 19:16 May 20, 2013

    One of the best metro rail networks clean safe and comfortable.Request authorities to extend services even on Friday mornings.

    Gopen, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:05 May 20, 2013

    Any chance by the authorities to extend metro services to New Dubai Airport in Jebel Ali (AMIA)

    tahir, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:24 May 20, 2013

    Obviously, Pauctuality in timing, hassle free Journey

    Anil, Cheruvalloor, Kollakadavu, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:58 May 20, 2013

    This is great addition to Dubai as it is cheap to travel and its blessing for the working class as well for tourists. I must suggest that the frequency of trains should be increased because most of the time the trains are jam packed. Also the timings should be extended in night.

    Bilal, Dubai, Pakistan

  5. Added 13:48 May 20, 2013

    Dubai Metro is the premier means of transportation as it’s secure, safe and convenient.

    Ajith, Dubai, India

  6. Added 12:30 May 20, 2013

    Dubai Metro all the way. Very effective thumbs up. But I must say that speed should be enhanced and frequency of trains in peak hours should be increased due to increasing overflow. I am sure the Dubai Metro will soon overcome it and have solution in its mind.

    Muhammad Aadil, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:05 May 20, 2013


    SHAJU, DUBAI, India

  8. Added 11:05 May 20, 2013

    Now that Metro lines are truly set and running well, it is time they ran services on Friday mornings. Thousands of commuters are up and about on Friday mornings, and they need the Metro service. Again, they would do well to run all night or late night services well after midnight, at least during week-ends.

    R.Vasudevan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:18 May 20, 2013

    i love to travel in metro because of comfort frequency as well as convenient mode of transport now a days in a busy street

    kunal vijay sawant, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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