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Red Line
Map of the Red Line
Owner Roads and Transport Authority (Dubai)
Locale Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Stations35 (including branch)
Type Rapid transit
System Dubai Metro
Operator(s) Keolis- MHI
Opened9 September 2009 (2009-09-09) (limited)
Line length67 kilometers (42 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Third rail
Operating speed95 km/h (59 mph)
Route map

Centrepoint   M4 
Airport Terminal 3
Airport Terminal 1
City Centre Deira
Al Rigga
World Trade Centre
Emirates Towers
Financial Centre
Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall
Business Bay
Mall of the Emirates
Dubai Internet City
Al Khail
Sobha Realty
Jabal Ali
The Gardens
Discovery Gardens
Al Furjan
Jumeirah Golf Estates
Dubai Investment Park
Expo City Dubai
Ibn Battuta
UAE Exchange
Auxiliary Depot

The Red Line is currently one of two lines of the Dubai Metro network in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. [1] It runs from Centrepoint (formerly Rashidiya) in the east to Expo City Dubai (formerly Expo 2020) in the west and travels parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road for most of its length.

There are two interchange stations with the Green Line: Union and BurJuman. Additionally, Jabal Ali is an interchange between the main Red Line (Route 2020) to Expo City Dubai and the branch line to UAE Exchange. The Red Line has its main depot near Centrepoint and an auxiliary depot at UAE Exchange. [2]

Additionally, DMCC and Sobha Realty have connections to the Dubai Tram at Jumeirah Lake Towers and Dubai Marina stations respectively.


The first section was inaugurated on 9 September 2009 with ten stations opened. [3] Construction was declared complete on 28 April 2010 with an additional sixteen stations opened during 2010.

In 2010, the Red Line carried a total of 38.888 million passengers with a daily average of about 149,000 people, according to the RTA Statistics Office. [4] In 2013, the Red Line handled a total of over 88 million passengers and the daily average was about 243,000 people.[ citation needed]

Three additional stations were added between 2011 and 2013, making a total of twenty-nine stations spanning 52.1 km (32.4 mi). The line is the world's longest single rapid transit line to use driverless trains, as recognized by Guinness World Records in 2011.[ citation needed]

Route 2020

As part of the Expo 2020 development in Dubai, an extension of the Red Line named Route 2020 [5] announced in December 2015 and originally due to be completed mid-2019. The extension project created a new section of the line from Jabal Ali to the Expo 2020 site, near Al Maktoum International Airport. [6]

Construction of the Route 2020 line started in 2016 by the ExpoLink Consortium, comprising Alstom, Acciona, and Gülermak. [7] The track layout east of Jabal Ali station was modified to create a new branch and one additional platform to serve the new route.[ citation needed] The line was formally inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's Ruler and UAE Prime Minister, on 8 July 2020. [8] As a result of increasing popularity of the metro, the new stations feature platforms wider than those found in existing stations, to cope with greater ridership.[ citation needed] The extension is 15 km (9.3 mi) in length, with 11.8 km (7.3 mi) above ground and 3.2 km (2.0 mi) below ground. [7] [9] Of the seven stations, five are elevated and two are underground. [10] Eventually it is planned to extend the line beyond Expo 2020 to Al Maktoum International Airport, south of the Expo site. [11] The route is expected to have 275,000 users each day by 2030. [12]

The extension was partially opened on 1 January 2021, with trains running a shuttle service between Jabal Ali and Al Furjan. [13] The section from Al Furjan to Expo 2020 was opened on 1 June 2021, allowing the extension to be fully operational, as well as the transfer of the main Red Line route from UAE Exchange to Expo 2020. The section from Jabal Ali to UAE Exchange now runs as a shuttle service, with passengers from Centrepoint needing to change at Jabal Ali for stations to UAE Exchange.

The travel time between Centrepoint and Expo City Dubai station is reported to be 1 hour 14 minutes with a service frequency of 2 minutes and 38 seconds during peak times (24 trains per hour in each direction), and a capacity of 16,000 passengers per hour in each direction. [14]

Starting from 15 April 2024, there will be no need to switch trains at the Jabal Ali Metro Station because the Dubai Metro Red Line will branch into 2 direct routes:

  • Centrepoint to Expo 2020
  • Centrepoint to UAE Exchange

The directions depend on the timing of the Y junction where the Expo 2020 and UAE Exchange branches meet in front of Jabal Ali Metro Station. [15]


As of 2021, the Red Line had 31 stations on the main line, and an additional 4 stations on the branch. The line is 52.1 km (32.4 mi) long, with 4.7 km (2.9 mi) underground.[ citation needed]

170 feeder buses are provided by the RTA for commuters to commute to stations on the line are also in operation, as of 15 October 2010.[ citation needed]

Branch Station Code Station name Date opened Interchange station Layout
Main Branch English Arabic, Previous Station Name
11 Centrepoint سنتربوينت 9 September 2009 Interchange with Blue Line, Centrepoint Metro Bus Station (Al Rashidiya Bus Station) Elevated
12 Emirates طيران الإمارات 30 April 2010 Emirates Headquarters Elevated
13 Airport Terminal 3 المطار- مبنى رقم 3 9 September 2009 Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Elevated
14 Airport Terminal 1 المطار- مبنى رقم 1 30 April 2010 Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 Elevated
15 GGICO جي جي كو 15 May 2010 Elevated
16 City Centre Deira سيتي سنتر ديرة 9 September 2009 Underground
17 Al Rigga الرقة Underground
18 Union الاتحاد Interchange with Green Line. Underground
19 BurJuman برجمان Interchange with Green Line. Underground
20 ADCB بنك أبوظبي التجاري 30 April 2010 Elevated
21 Max ماكس 9 September 2009 Elevated
22 World Trade Centre المركز التجاري العالمي 15 May 2010 Elevated
23 Emirates Towers أبراج الإمارات 30 April 2010 Museum of the Future Elevated
24 Financial Centre مركز دبي المالي العالمي 9 September 2009 Gate Avenue at DIFC ( Dubai International Financial Centre) Elevated
25 Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall دبي مول / برج خليفة 4 January 2010 Dubai Mall Elevated
26 Business Bay الخليج التجاري 15 October 2010 Elevated
29 Onpassive الصفا 15 May 2010 Elevated
31 Equiti اكويتي 15 October 2010 Elevated
32 Mall of the Emirates مول الإمارات 9 September 2009 Mall of the Emirates Elevated
33 Mashreq المشرق 15 October 2010 Elevated
34 Dubai Internet City مدينة دبي للانترنت 30 April 2010 The One Tower Elevated
35 Al Khail الخيل 15 October 2010 Arenco Tower ( AAM Tower) Elevated
36 Sobha Realty شوبا العقارية 30 April 2010 Interchange with Dubai Tram. Elevated
37 DMCC أبراج بحيرات جميرا 15 October 2010 Interchange with Dubai Tram. Elevated
38 Jabal Ali جبل علي 9 September 2009 Interchange with Red Line from Jabal Ali to UAE Exchange Elevated
39 Ibn Battuta ابن بطوطة 30 April 2010 Interchange with Pink Line to Abu Dhabi. Ibn Battuta Mall Elevated
40 Energy الطاقة 30 September 2013 Elevated
41 Danube دانوب 12 December 2012 Elevated
42 UAE Exchange الإمارات العربية المتحدة للصرافة 11 March 2011 Interchange with Pink Line to Abu Dhabi. At Grade
70 The Gardens الحدائق 1 January 2021 Elevated
71 Discovery Gardens ديسكفري جاردنز Elevated
72 Al Furjan الفرجان Elevated
73 Jumeirah Golf Estates عقارات جميرا للجولف 1 September 2021 Underground
74 Dubai Investment Park مجمع دبي للاستثمار 1 June 2021 Underground
76 Expo City مدينة اكسبو Expo City, Expo Mall Elevated


The entire journey time on the Red Line is approximately 74 minutes, travelling at a maximum speed of 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph), with 20–30 seconds stopping time at each station. The average time between stations on the Red Line is 60–90 seconds.[ citation needed] The RTA operates 27 trains in the morning peak hours and 29 trains in the evening peak hours with the interval between train services ranging from 6 to 8 minutes in the morning peak period, and from 5 to 6 minutes in the evening peak period.[ citation needed]

Commercial station branding naming

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has benefited significantly from businesses along the routes of the Red and Green lines sponsoring nearby stations. The naming initiative has so far generated over Dh2 billion in revenue for the RTA. On average, each station has brought in Dh90-100 million.[ citation needed]

On 13 May 2010, it was announced that Al Quoz station, which opened on 15 May, would be named Noor Islamic Bank. This announcement that Noor Islamic Bank won the right to name Al Quoz Station for a period of ten years was made in the presence of the bank's representatives at the RTA headquarters in Dubai. Moreover, several other stations on the Red Line have been named after local and international corporate giants, including, Emirates Airlines, GGICO, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (Al Karama), First Abu Dhabi Bank, Sharaf DG, Nakheel, DAMAC Properties (Dubai Marina), Danube (Jebel Ali Industrial) and Mashreq. [16]

Current station name Date Previous station name(s) Date of change
Centrepoint 4 August 2021 [17] Rashidiya
BurJuman 12 December 2012 [18] Khalid bin Al Waleed
ADCB 15 September 2014 [19] Al Karama
Max 4 August 2021 [17] Al Jafiliya
Onpassive 11 January 2023 [20]
Noor Islamic Bank
Noor Bank
Al Safa 30 November 2020 [21]
Equiti 18 April 2022 [22] First Gulf Bank
First Abu Dhabi Bank
Umm Al Sheif 25 November 2020 [23]
Mashreq 18 May 2020 [24] Sharaf DG
Al Khail 25 November 2020 [23] Nakheel
Sobha Realty 9 August 2021 [25] Dubai Marina
DAMAC Properties
Dubai Marina 25 November 2020 [23]
DMCC 13 August 2018 [26] Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Jabal Ali 18 May 2020 [24] Nakheel Harbour & Tower
Danube 12 November 2012 Jebel Ali Industrial
UAE Exchange 28 June 2015 [27] Jebel Ali


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