The Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the opening of the Dubai Investment Park Station and Expo 2020 Station on Route 2020 of the Dubai Metro, which runs from Al Rashidiya Station on the Red Line to Expo 2020 Station, from June 1.
The opening of the two new stations comes six months after the opening of Route 2020, which launched its maiden journey on Jan 1, with four stations namely Jebel Ali (a transfer station on the Red Line), The Gardens, The Discovery Gardens, and Al Furjan.
For now, the Metro service to Expo 2020 Station will be available only to those entitled to access the site of Expo until its official public opening on October 1. After that, the public can use the metro service to Expo. The Jumeirah Golf Estates Station will also be opened along with the Expo, said Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.
Expo 2020 is a mega global event entailing the participation of 190 countries; it will run from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
“From Saturday to Wednesday, the first journey from Al Rashidiya Station to Expo 2020 Station and vice-versa will start at 05:00 am, and the last journey will start at 12:00 (midnight). On Thursday, the first journey will start at 05:00 am and the last journey will start at 01:30 am (of the following day). On Friday, the first journey will start at 10:00 am and the last journey will start at 01:30 am (of the following day),” remarked Al Tayer.
The travel time between Al Rashidiya and Expo Stations will be 1 hour and 14 minutes. The service frequency will be 2 minutes and 38 seconds during peak time at a rate of 24 trains per hour per direction, and a capacity of 16,000 riders per hour per direction.
The new operator of the Dubai Metro (a French-Japanese consortium of Keolis, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, and Mitsubishi Corporation) will shortly be engaged in the operation of Dubai Metro processes in full coordination with the current operator (Serco). The metro operation and maintenance processes, and the Dubai Tram operation will be transferred to the new operator on September 8, 2021. It will also seamlessly transfer employees of the current operator to the new one.
RTA has designated 35 buses to serve Route 2020 stations to commute riders from and to the metro stations. Dubai Investment Park Station is an underground station while the iconic Expo 2020 Station is an elevated station. It is the terminal station of Route 2020 that mainly serves visitors of Expo. It has a unique plane-wing design symbolising Dubai’s future drive towards innovation.