Here's what you need to know about the Dubai Metro closure

Here's what you need to know about the Dubai Metro closure

07 Aug 2017

The impact of the closure is expected to be minimal

The next 10 weekends may be a little tough for some commuters, as part of the Dubai Metro red line will be closed for construction.

The partial shutdown of the red line that runs between Jumeirah Lakes Towers station and Ibn Battuta station has begun in order to extend the metro route to the Dubai World Expo 2020 site. Titled Route 2020, the project is a 15-kilometre extension that starts from Nakheel Harbour and connects the existing network with the site of the World Expo.

The closure is scheduled for 10 weekends, on only Fridays and Saturdays, and will end on October 14 this year.

Mohammed Al Mudharreb, director for rail operations at RTA, said the closure will have a minimal impact on the commuting public, since passenger traffic on weekends is usually low, reports Gulf News.  

It is estimated that approximately less than 5,000 passengers use the affected routes on a non-busy Friday or Saturday, merely a fraction of the more than 9.8 million commuters that use the metro on a monthly basis. Affected metro stations are Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Nakheel Harbour and Ibn Battuta. 

“We are asking our passengers to allocate up to 20 minutes additional time for them to complete their journey because [the travel time] really depends on the traffic situation around those areas. It can take up to 20 minutes to reach to their final destination,” the RTA official added.

If commuters really have to travel during the weekend closure, they have the option to take shuttle buses to their destination, free of charge.

“The RTA has provided free shuttle buses as a compensation for the disruption that will happen in those metro stations,” said Mudharreb.

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