Watch: Sheikh Hamdan tours the new Expo 2020 metro route
The project cost Dhs11 billion and took less than four years to complete…
Despite facing a global pandemic and experiencing the postponement of Dubai Expo 2020, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have succeeded in completing its new metro route on time. The Expo 2020 station and route will serve additional communities which have a population of 270,000, making it easy for more people to use public transport.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, toured the new route to give it his royal seal of approval. The route includes seven new stations, serving areas such as The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai Investment Park and the Expo 2020 site.
The 15 kilometre extended track runs both overground and underground, and interchanges with the red line at Jebel Ali metro station. HH Sheikh Mohammed toured the station, which spans 8,800 square metres and can serve up to 320,000 passengers per day.
Throughout his ride.. HH Sheikh Mohammed toured all of the new stations, as well as the interior revamped train itself. The Expo 2020 Station boasts a unique design featuring the wings of an aircraft which symbolises Dubai’s future aspirations and its focus on innovation.
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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
Each of the new stations has an interior design theme, featuring a contemporary pattern and flow lines which represent the four elements of nature (air, earth, fire and water). The designs also resemble aspects which represent the future of Dubai.
“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,” His Highness said.
Images: Dubai Media Office