PICTURES: Sheikh Hamdan visits Dubai Metro Route 2020 project

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council recently inspected the $3bn (AED11bn) Route 2020, an extension of the Dubai Metro, linking seven stations, extending 15km on the Red Line from the Jebel Ali Metro Station to the Expo 2020 Station.

During his tour to the station, Sheikh Hamdan was briefed about the project by Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

The Route 2020 track extends 11.8km elevated track and 3.2km underground track, featuring one interchange station with the Red Line, three elevated stations, and two underground stations.

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The route will serve communities, including The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai Investment Park (DIP), and the Expo 2020 site, which have a combined population of about 270,000.

Sheikh Hamdan toured the Jebel Ali Metro Station, which serves as an interchange station between the Red Line and Route 2020. The station, spanning 8,800m2 and extending 150m in length, and it can serve 17,000 riders per hour during peak times and 320,000 riders per day.

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The station features four boarding platforms, four bus stops, 17 taxi stands, and seven parking slots for people of determination. It also has eight outlets for commercial use spanning 388m2.

The Dubai Investment Park Station is the second underground station of Route 2020, which spans 27,000m2 in area and extends 226m in length.

The station has two platforms, four bus laybys, 20 taxi drop-off slots, and two designated parking slots for people of determination. It also features eight retail units spanning 315m2 each for commercial investment.

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Expo 2020 Station has been designed to resemble the wings of an aircraft. The station spans 18,800m2 in area and extends 119m in length, with a capacity to carry 29,000 riders per hour during peak times and 522,000 riders per day.

The station has three platforms, six bus laybys, 20 taxi drop-off slots, and four designated parking slots for people of determination. Additionally, the station also features nine retail units of 264m2 for commercial investment.

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According to RTA studies, the number of riders using Route 2020 is anticipated to reach 125,000 riders per day in 2021, and surge to 275,000 riders per day by 2030.

Studies also reveal that about 24,000 visitors are expected to use the Expo Station to reach Expo 2020. This amounts to almost 18% of the total expected number of daily visitors to the Expo.

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The areas of elevated stations range from 8,100 to 8,800m2, and the areas of the two underground stations range from 27,000 to 28,700m2.

Meanwhile, the interior designs of the stations feature a contemporary pattern and flow lines derived from the four elements of nature, air, earth, fire, and water, while the design also resembles the future Dubai, Wam reported.


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