Dubai Metro – Red Line

The Red Line on the Dubai Metro is one of the two metro lines on the Dubai Metro network in Dubai. The first section of the Dubai Metro Red Line was inaugurated on the 9th September 2009. Construction was declared complete on the 28th April 2010. The Red line on the Dubai Metro has 29 stations in total covering a distance of 52.1 km (32.4 miles) which have been opened in phases from 2009 to 2011. The Red Line in Dubai currently runs from Al Rashidiya to Jebel Ali and travels along Sheikh Zayed Road for the majority of its length.

Red Line Station Information

The Dubai Metro Red Line stations include 24 elevated metro stations by means of a viaduct, 4 underground stations, and one metro station at ground level. A total of 4.7 km (2.9 miles) of the Dubai Metro Red Line runs underground. The entire journey time on the Red Line Dubai Metro lasts approximately 1 hour and the trains travel at an average speed of 110 km per hour (68 mph) with a 20–30 seconds stopping time at each red line metro station. The Red Line has a main depot in Al Rashidiya and one auxiliary depot at Jebel Ali Free Zone.

The average time between stations on the Dubai Metro Red Line will be 60–90 seconds. The RTA (Roads & Transport Authority) 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. The daily average number of passengers is around 149,000 people. 170 feeder buses are also in operation for commuters to commute to stations on the Dubai Metro red line.

Red Line Transfer Stations & Extension

There are 2 transfer stations on the Dubai Metro Red Line where the Green and Red Lines intersect. These are Union Square and Khalid Bin Waleed Station and they allow passengers to change between the green and red metro lines in dubai. An extension of the Red Line on the dubai metro is currently under design. The plans include an extension from the Jebel Ali Free Zone to the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border which will consist of an additional 12 km (7.5 miles).

The RTA (Roads & Transport Authority) is also reviewing an alternative plan to extend the Red Line metro in dubai from Jebel Ali to Al Maktoum International Airport, which opened its first runway in June 2010 for cargo service with passenger services expected to start later this year.

Dubai Metro Red Line Station Names

The naming initiative for stations on the Dubai metro has so far generated Dh2 billion in revenue for the Roads & Transport Authority in Dubai. On average, each station has brought in around Dh90-100 million. As many as 21 stations on both Dubai Metro’s Red and Green Lines have already been named after local and international corporate giants which include Etisalat, Emirates Airlines, GGICO, Nakheel, Sharaf DG, First Gulf Bank and Noor Islamic Bank.

Dubai Metro Red Line Stations

  • Rashidiya
  • Emirates
  • Airport Terminal 3
  • Airport Terminal 1
  • GGICO (Al Garhoud)
  • Deira City Centre
  • Al Rigga
  • Union Square – (Transfer Station)
  • Khalid Bin Al Waleed – (Transfer Station)
  • Al Karama
  • Al Jafiliya
  • World Trade Centre
  • Emirates Towers
  • Financial Centre
  • Burj Khalifa (Dubai Mall)
  • Business Bay
  • Noor Islamic Bank (Al Quoz)
  • First Gulf Bank (Burj Al Arab)
  • Mall of the Emirates
  • Sharaf DG (Al Barsha)
  • Dubai Internet City
  • Nakheel
  • Dubai Marina
  • Jumeirah Lake Towers
  • Nakheel Harbour & Towers (Jumeirah Islands)
  • Ibn Battuta
  • Energy
  • Jebel Ali Industrial
  • Jebel Ali


Nol Card Fares & Zones

Nol Card Zone Map - DubaiWe have a seperate information page on Nol card Fares and Zones where you can find out how the cost of your trip is calculated and automatically deducted from your Nol card.

This section is where you will find the Nol card zone map with information on the 5 different nol card zones in Dubai and which public transport services you can use with your Dubai nol card.

How To Get Your Nol Card

Range of Nol CardsFor details and advice on how to obtain your Nol Card visit our page on How to Get your Nol Card which also includes information of the different Nol cards that are available and which Nol Card is best suited to your specific travel requirements in Dubai.


Wojhati Journey Planner

Wojhati "Journey Planner" DubaiThe Wojhati or “Journey Planner” is an electronic system provided by the RTA in Dubai that enables anyone wishing to use public transport in Dubai to find the best and most convenient way to travel through real-time and accurate information