Dubai: The Union Square station of Dubai Metro in Deira is the world's biggest underground metro station in terms of covered area, said a senior official.
"The Union Square underground metro station which spans an area of 25,000 square metres is the biggest metro station. The station is 230 metres long, 50 metres wide, has three levels and is 18 metres deep," said Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
Video: Work on the Dubai Metro
He was briefing Peter Mandelson, the British Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform during a tour of different sites of Dubai Metro.
Al Tayer said that the station, which will have commercial outlets and service locations for metro users, has two entry points equipped with lifts and escalators.
Four tunnels branching out of the station go to Burjuman and the Riqqa stations on the Red Line, and the Bani Yas and Salahuddin stations on the Green Line.
Mandelson praised the use of the latest technology in the Dubai Metro project, and lauded the de luxe finishing of the metro coaches and stations.
He also praised the efforts of the RTA in expediting the construction.
The RTA is currently constructing the 74.1 kilometres long project at the initial cost of Dh15.5 billion. The Red Line is set to open on September 9 this year while the Green Line will open in March next year.
The official also toured the Trade Centre station on the Red Line, where the completion rate touched 80 per cent.
Good to have metro in Dubai, but a good bus transport system should also complement the metro itself in order to have a world class transport system.
Posted: April 12, 2009, 14:04
Metro is a welcome relief to people like us who do not have their own vehicle and have to rely on others to go somewhere. I am waiting patiently for the metro. I wonder if the taxi's minimum fare will still be Dh10.
Posted: April 12, 2009, 13:51
I'm hopeful about metro to save my time from traffic congestion.
Posted: April 12, 2009, 13:49
It will be great to see the european standard metro in Dubai. I will be really looking forward to travelling in them as soon as they will be operative.
Posted: April 12, 2009, 13:25
Metro will be an important transport mode for visitors like me. What is more important is the availabilty of sufficient number of vans and taxis for termination of the trip or accessing the stations, particularly those after the trade center towards Jebel Ali. In any case Dubai has made a correct decision to build the metro. Congratulations.
Posted: April 12, 2009, 11:24
Congratulations! I am looking forward to traveling in Dubai metro when it opens for traffic. I wish to visit Dubai then.
Posted: April 12, 2009, 10:33