The new route linked to The Expo 2020 metro station has been given royal approval with a personal visit from HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai himself as he took a tour of the line and its facilities. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have succeeded in completing the Expo 2020 metro route on time despite the challenges of the global pandemic. Amid the postponement of Dubai Expo 2020 itself, the completion of The Expo 2020 station and route brings positivity. The four-year-long, AED 11 billion project will offer welcome transportation links along a route housing a population of 270,000 residents. This will make accessibly for public transport for these communities much easier.
Today, I visited the Expo 2020 metro route. We learnt from @HHShkMohd to not let changes divert us from our main goal and we are committed to continuing our preparations to welcome @expo2020dubai guests, thanks to a team that accomplished so much despite the current situation. pic.twitter.com/tcxDmspx5r
— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) September 12, 2020
The 15-kilometer extended track includes seven new stations the will service areas such as The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai Investment Park and the Expo 2020 site itself. Impressively, it runs both overground and underground, and interchanges with Jebel Ali metro station which is part of the red line of the network.
“Dubai Metro today serves as the backbone of the public transport system in the emirate, connecting various vital areas. The Metro has transformed the way Dubai’s population travels within the city and plays a key role in supporting the city’s sustainable economic development, reducing carbon emissions and helping enhance people’s living standards,” Sheikh Hamdan said.
Throughout the tour, Sheikh Hamdan viewed all of the new stations, which span 8,800 square meters and can serve up to 320,000 passengers per day, as well as the interior of the newly revamped train itself. The design of the train interiors matches the high-end aesthetics of the stations as each mirrors the themes of nature’s four elements: air, earth, fire, and water.
The visit is ever more poignant as it came only a few days following the city’s famous transport system’s 11th anniversary. During this time of operations it has served more than 1.5 billion passengers and a staggering 2.6 million journeys.
Route 2020 is set to officially open to the general public by the end of 2020.