UAE | Traffic and Transport

Dubai Metro's Green Line to be extended

New Guinness mark greeted by plans to further widen network within five years

  • By Rayeesa Absal, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 February 22, 2012
  • Gulf News

A Dubai Metro train operates on the Red Line
  • Image Credit: Hadrian Hernandez/Gulf News Archives
  • A Dubai Metro train operates on the Red Line.The Roads and Transport Authority will compensate as many as 17 families affected by the vibrations and disturbance by the Metro station in Al Rashidiya with new houses, it was announced on Monday. Picture for illustrative purposes only
Image 1 of 2

Dubai Plans are under way to extend Dubai Metro's Green Line to link Academic City and a number of other areas within five years to benefit hundreds of thousands of residents in the city, a Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official told Gulf News Tuesday.

The announcement came as the Metro notched yet another Guinness World Record as the longest driverless Metro network in the world at 74.695 kilometres — the combined stretch of the Metro's Red and Green Lines.

World record

The achievement is yet another feather in the cap for Dubai as Dubai Metro's Red Line had set a Guinness World Record as the longest driverless Metro line in the world extending 52 km, in September 2011.

Plans are under way to extend the Green Line to cover Academic City, International City and Lagoons within the next five years, Adnan Al Hammadi, CEO of the Rail Agency at the RTA, said in an interview.

"Connecting to Academic City alone will benefit an over 30,000-strong student community," he said.

"The extension plan, drawn up after two separate studies, already has the approval of RTA's board of directors as well as the blessing of the government."

Expansion plan

The plan is one of the key projects outlined in Dubai's first Rail Master Plan, which is almost ready after three years of work and will soon be submitted to the government for approval.

The Rail Master Plan has been drawn up in line with Dubai's Vision 2030. Once approved, RTA will deploy its resources for individual projects in the plan. "But the schedules may change as the plans are revised every two years based on urban development studies," Al Hammadi said.

There is also a plan to extend the Red Line up to the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border subject to development projects along the route, Al Hammadi said. However, the Green Line will be accorded priority.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), received the Guinness Certificate from Talal Omar, regional director of Guinness World Records in the Middle East, at the RTA headquarters on Monday.

Al Tayer dedicated the achievement to His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, calling him the driving force behind the Dubai Metro project.

"The implementation of the project is a true testament to the vision of Shaikh Mohammad in uplifting the infrastructure of Dubai emirate. He has been closely monitoring and directing all phases of the work progress in the project, and endorsed the suitable route from several alternatives presented. He envisioned the use of Metro as a backbone linking various parts of Dubai city enabling smooth mobility while enjoying a panoramic view of the city's landmarks.

Comments (22)

  1. Added 19:28 February 22, 2012

    I personally feel that the Dubai Metro should extend till Sharjah which will remove huge amounts of traffic and road accidents. As for in Dubai the green line should extend till places like Dubai Festival city and popular places like the Global Village .

    Vishane Perera, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 19:04 February 22, 2012

    Already the metro rail is full of people, especially the red line. Its difficult to find a space to stand at peak hours. My opinion is to add lines with interchange stations like Union and Burjuman. Also increase the frequency of trains to manage the crowd. Green line should be extended but Red line needs more frequent trains.

    vinod, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 18:55 February 22, 2012

    I wish to salute the force behind all this visionary leadership and forsight, His highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum deserves a place of honour in the guiness book of records for his meticulous planning and forsight and a very keen eye to efficancy and first class management skills. Am from Kenya and i just wish we had a leader there with HIS capabilities and selflessness. And to crown it all His Highness can travel with Dubai metro just like you and me without any need of security detail. Well by 2030 UAE may be no. 1 in the world by all standards. thumbs up all involved.

    Prexedes Kauso, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:54 February 22, 2012

    sir, please extend the Dubai metro to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, Korfakan, Ajman, UAQ, Fujairah, RAK to save the time and reduce the traffic block and accident. Das DUBAI

    DAS, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:45 February 22, 2012

    Sharjah is a separate Emirate. This plan is for Dubai only. Leaders between this emirates should discuss matter so that more people will benefit.

    JTM, RAK, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:23 February 22, 2012

    The traffic congestion that we see in Dubai (Especially on Itthad Road) will reduce substantially only we have rail service from Sharjah. Hope concerned authorities will look into the possibility of extending Metro till Al Nahda 1.

    Shenoy, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:39 February 22, 2012

    What about 'Energy/Dubal' & 'Jabel Ali Industrial Area' Stations in Red Line and 'Al Jadaf'& 'Creek' Stations in Green Line ?

    Madhu Pv, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 15:12 February 22, 2012

    i am waiting when last 2 metro station will start work of green line....will someone give me answer....i need to go to jadaff but no use for me that lane.....

    timmi, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 15:12 February 22, 2012

    Very good news! .. Hope areas of Warqa and Mirdiff that are away from Rashidiya Metro Station are also provided into the plan. This will benefit the people living in Al Warqa area as there is significant rise in high rise apartments and businesses.

    Ashwin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 15:10 February 22, 2012

    We should have one station at NAIF PARK Road Junction, since the station at PALM DEIRA and BANNIYAAS are two station very far, this area is densely populated. Like me, those who are staying in this area have to walk down to either of the two above station, which is very much time consuming and especially in summer.

    SAIFI K MANDVIWALA, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  11. View more comments

Gulf News