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Dubai Metro

Postby shawarma » 03 Dec 2007, 15:11

Discuss the new Dubai Metro here :) ...
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Dubai Metro progress

Postby shawarma » 03 Dec 2007, 15:12

Latest Dubai Metro press release 08 June 2007 (in the Gulf News and other papers). Main points:

Dubai Metro Red Line
Dubai Metro Green Line

  • Dubai Metro project value AED 15.5 billion for Red and Green Lines.
  • About 7,000 workers involved in construction of the Dubai Metro. More to come for Green Line construction.
  • Construction going on 24 hrs per day on Red Line. Station construction expected to continue into 2008 and 2009.
  • Red Line above-ground stations completion expected early 2008, underground stations completion expected early 2009.
  • Red Line is 52.1 km long, from Jebel Ali Port to Al Rashidiya with a 4.7 km stretch underground.
  • Green Line is 22.5 km long with a 7.9 km section underground.
  • Total of Red and Green Lines is 74.6 km, with 87 trains due to chug up and down the tracks.
  • Construction started October 2005, trial runs scheduled from June to August 2009, train service start date September 2009.
  • Blue Line and Purple Line design in progress by the RTA.
  • Passenger capacity about 1.8 million per day.
  • Total of 47 stations plus more on the extension lines.
  • Red Line will have 29 stations - 24 elevated, 4 underground, 1 at ground-level.
  • Green Line will have 18 stations - 12 elevated, 6 underground.
  • Two transfer stations between Red and Green Lines - Union Square and BurJuman Centre.
  • Car parking facilities on Red Line at Rashidiya Station for 3,000 cars, and at Jumeirah Islands Station for 3,000 cars.
  • Car park on Green Line at Al Qusais Station with capacity of 6,000 cars.
  • "There will also be small parking lots at each station."
  • Red Line extension of 12 km in design stage, from Jebel Ali Free Zone to Dubai-Abu Dhabi border.
  • Additional Red Line extension from Jebel Ali to Jebel Ali Airport under consideration.
  • Green Line extension of 4.9 km is approved, from Healthcare City to Al Jaddaf. Green Line total length now 22.5 km (previously plan was 17.6 km).
  • Main Dubai Metro stations will have bus stations, taxis, and water transport at stations near Dubai Creek.
  • RTA plans to introduce a Smart Card to use on Dubai Metro trains, RTA buses and water transport, and for the car parks.
Dubai Metro train carriages
  • Each Dubai Metro train will have three classes - Gold Class or VIP class (but anyone can use it if they pay the price), Women and Children Class, and Silver Class or Economy Class.
  • Golden Class will have leather seating.
  • Women and Children's compartments will have additional space for bags, strollers, prams, etc.
  • Silver Class color combination of blue and green.
  • All compartments will have reserved wheelchair spaces and priority seating for the elderly, injured, special needs, pregnant women.
  • Other equipment will include audio-visual devices and signs with route maps and directions, safety devices, closed circuit television (CCTV).
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Dubai Metro and property prices

Postby shawarma » 03 Dec 2007, 16:01

Gulf News 25 June 2007 reports that the Dubai Metro is affecting property prices in Dubai positively (Metro fires up property prices).

Some quotes and excerpts ...

  • Demand for real estate near Dubai Metro stations is heating up in response to the rapid physical emergence of the RTA's Dh15.5 billion project, say property consultants and agencies.
  • "We have witnessed a huge surge in interest from prospective investors regarding the metro. Proximity to a metro stop has become a leading strategy for investors looking to maximise appreciation on their investments. Significantly, a number of reputable investment funds who are considered particularly astute in the market are targeting property located close to metro stations." - Craig Johnson, general manager at real estate consultancy Landmark Properties.
  • Peter Penhall, CEO of Dubai-based realty portal Gowealthy.com, said it is hard to estimate appreciation levels or premiums for property near stations, but said it will have a greater chance of holding its value should the market dip. Retail real estate in and around stations will also be attractive to investors because of the guaranteed high shopper footfall that a metro station can provide, said Penhall.
  • "People are realising that the metro is not just a pipedream. Construction work is happening quicker than they had anticipated. ... Business owners are thinking about how their mid-level staff will be able to commute to the office, especially as congestion and tolls are considered barriers to road use." - Ryan Mahoney, managing director at Better Homes.
  • It remains uncertain how close a property must be to a station to command a premium. In cities with moderate climates the distance is up to 400 metres, but in Dubai it will be nearer 100 metres, said Mahoney.

Other Dubai Metro information from report

  • Feasibility study first conducted 10 years ago (1997) concluded the road network in Dubai would be insufficient for Dubai's traffic growth.
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Dubai Metro progress and operating times

Postby shawarma » 03 Dec 2007, 16:02

14 April 2007
Metro to run from 5am to 12.30am
By Ashfaq Ahmed, Staff Reporter

Dubai: The daily run time for the Dubai Metro will be from 5am to 12.30am - about 19 hours and 30 minutes every day, said a senior official.

Passengers will not be able to ride trains at night from 12.30am to 5am. The first train will start at 5am and the operation will be suspended soon after midnight at 12.30am.

"Break is necessary for maintenance of trains and safe operation," said Engineer Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Dubai Roads and Transport Agency.

Each train will stop at every station and dwell time [time for each stop] will vary according to the ridership (commuter count) of each station. However, stopping time at each station will be between 20 and 30 seconds.

Total trip time from Al Rashidiya to Jebel Ali Port on the Red Line - 52.1 km long will be 60 to 63 minutes. This will be under all conditions regardless of traffic jams and weather conditions. Runtime for the Green Line is not yet known. The average train speed will be 110 km per hour.

Earlier, Al Tayer, who held a meeting with a delegation from Singapore led by Delib Nayr, Consul General of Singapore in Dubai, briefed the delegation about Dubai Metro and the public transport system being adopted in Dubai.

The delegation also gave a presentation about operation of metro in Singapore and offered to cooperate with the RTA on its metro and public bus transport project.

Red Line work

The Dh15.5 billion metro project was launched in October 2005 and it is the world's largest system, which will use fully automated and driverless trains.

Currently, major work is under way on the 52.1 km Red Line between Jebel Ali Port and Al Rashidiya.

Once completed, some 87 trains will initially run on Red and Green Lines with a total length of 74.6 km. A fully functional metro system will be able to carry about 1.8 million passengers every working day.

"The aims of the Metro are to provide an alternative mode of transport to ease congestion, save passengers' travelling time and improve mobility within the city.

"It is intended to provide transport coverage and reach all strategic areas of the city and develop the network to branch out into the suburbs with future extensions," said Al Tayer.
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Dubai Metro

Postby shawarma » 22 Dec 2007, 23:48

Dubai Metro information

6 lines (red, green, purple, blue, 2 more to be announced in 2008 - Emirates Business 12 December 2007))
Transfer stations at Union Square in Deira, and Bur Jaman Center in Bur Dubai

1. Dubai Metro Red Line from Jebel Ali along Sheikh Zayed Road through Bur Dubai and Burjaman Center, under creek to Union Square in Deira, turn right and head up past Dubai Airport terminal 1 to Rashidiya. Completion scheduled for 2009.
2. Dubai Metro Green Line (22 km) from Jaddaf at head of creek, down through Bur Dubai and Burjaman center to Port Rashid area, under creek and up to Union Square, turning left towards Sharjah then right up past Dubai Airport terminal 2 to Al Ghusais. Completion scheduled for 2010.
3. Dubai Metro Blue Line along Emirates Rd, from Dubai International Airport DXB to Al Maktoum International Airport (previously called Jebel Ali Airport JXB). Groundbreaking March 2006, completion of construction scheduled for 2011 (Update: delayed until 2014).
4. Dubai Metro Purple Line - along Al Khail Road, an express connection between Dubai Airport and Jebel Ali Airport. Construction to start in 2009 and completion scheduled for 2012 (Update: delayed / on hold).
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Dubai Metro testing

Postby shawarma » 15 Jan 2008, 14:16

First Metro train is expected to arrive in Dubai in March 2008.

In April 2008, the Dubai Metro will start testing trains on an 11 km stretch of the Metro track from Ibn Battuta Mall to the Jebel Ali Metro station - an 11 km stretch of track.
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Re: Dubai Metro

Postby Bumz_Rush » 21 Oct 2009, 13:07

Not used as yet, perhaps as I was unable to wait for a ticket, as there were rather a lot of Indians discussing the benefits of the fare structure.

However as a general observation at the Mall of the Emirates, the station is not open till the afternoon on Friday, how do staff get to work.

The station closes at 10pm, the mall closes at 12, how do staff get home.

The airport is served, but the baggage allowance on the train is 1 bag, how do most people travel to the airport.

A great idea, but very bad application.

Bumz

ps my 1st post....
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Re: Dubai Metro

Postby shawarma » 21 Oct 2009, 18:37

Thanks bumz and welcome to the Dubai forum. Thanks for your other comments too :).
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Re: Dubai Metro

Postby Bumz_Rush » 26 Jul 2010, 16:14

Metro now allows you to carry on almost the same as Emirates allow....

Ramadan timings will be changing.

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