Dubai Metro was introduced exactly five years ago on September 09, 2009. Dubai Metro project was introduced by HRH Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Bin Al Maktoum as a project of attracting more than 15 million visitors to Dubai by 2010. Guinness World Records has declared Dubai Metro as the world’s longest fully automated metro network with a route length of 75 kilometers (47 miles).
According to statement by Adnan Al Hammadi, Chief Executive of the Rail Agency and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Metro transported 33.3 million people in first quarter of 2013, a significant increase, compared to the same period of the previous year.
Dubai Metro Project Expansion
At the moment there are two metro lines are operational with three more lines are planned. Red line and Green line are operational with 49 stations in total. 29 are on Red line and 20 are operation on Green line. According to The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)’s master plan 421 km of metro lines expected to cater by 2030. Which would be divided into Blue, Purple, Pink and Gold lines.
The authority is also working on Red lines and Green lines extension as well. RTA is working on extending the Green line by 12 stations and 24 km to Academic City by 2020. That will expand the overall system by 58 stations and 91 km by 2025. And with the completion of all lines total of 69 stations and 221 km line will be catered.
Dubai Metro Ticket
Dubai Metro fares are among the cheapest metro fares in the world. Dubai Transport is divided into 4 tiers or 5 zones. Tier 0 and Tier 1 is one zone trip, where the travel exceeds 3 km, Tier 2 is neighboring 2 zones travel. Tier 3, exceeds 2 zones.
As of 2013, Tier 0 and Tier 1’s cheapest ticket cost AED 1.80 (US $0.54). Tier 2 free rest of day travel costs AED 14 (about US $3.81) and Tier 3 ticket costs AED 5.80 (about US $1.77).