Shaikh Mohammad on Tuesday launched the drilling work on the Route 2020, the extension of Dubai Metro's Red Line to Dubai Expo 2020 venue Image Credit: Twitter / Dubai Media Office

Dubai: Drilling work on the Route 2020, the 15-km extension of Dubai Metro's Red Line to the Dubai Expo 2020 venue, was launched on Tuesday.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashin Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the drilling work and also inspected the new sign of Dubai Metro coaches.

The metro extension, a portion of which will be underground, will be ready before Expo 2020. 

The drilling will use massive tunnel borers, as shown by a video posted on Twitter by Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority on Tuesday.

The Route 2020 will pass through Discovery Gardens, Green Community, and Dubai Investment Park on its way to the Expo 2020 venue.

Heading from Nakheel Harbour and Tower station, the route will serve seven additional stations.