There will be a free bus service instead…

Reminder, metro users – Dubai Metro services between Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Ibn Battuta will be suspended from January 5 until the middle of 2019.

According to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the year-and-a-half long disruption is due to the construction of Route 2020, which involves extending the red line for 15km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower station to the Expo 2020 site.

That station, as well as its multi-storey carpark, will also be fully closed during this time.

“To ensure the smooth mobility of riders between Jumeirah Lake Towers station and Ibn Battuta station, RTA will deploy regular free express buses to shuttle commuters between the two stations during metro service hours,” said Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younis, CEO of the RTA Rail Agency.

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Passengers heading to UAE Exchange station will have to hop off at JLT station and board the free bus to Ibn Battuta station, where they can continue their metro journey. There will also be a shuttle bus running in the opposite direction.

The RTA has advised all passengers to plan and allow an additional 20 minutes to complete their journey to avoid any delays.

Construction work on the new route began late last year. The red line between JLT and Ibn Battuta was also closed during the weekends between July and October this year.

The new route is scheduled to open on May 20, 2020, and is expected to ferry up to 46,000 riders an hour in both directions.

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