Metro name change

Burjuman stop name changed after mall chiefs refused to pay up

The Dubai Metro station near BurJuman Shopping Mall has been renamed after mall chiefs refused to buy naming rights for it, it was reported on Thursday.

Names of at least two stations on the Red Line of the metro have been changed just a couple of weeks before the launching of the operation, UAE daily Gulf News reported.

It quoted a senior official at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) who said that the name of the BurJuman Station had been changed to Khalid Bin Waleed Station.

The Dubal Metro station located between Ibn Battuta Station and the Jebel Ali Industrial Station on Shaikh Zayed Road has also been renamed as Energy Station.

The station was earlier named after the Dubai Aluminum Company Ltd (DUBAL), the paper reported.

The official said that the name of BurJuman station had been dropped after the management of the centre refused to buy the naming rights of the station.

"The RTA persuaded the BurJuman Centre to buy the naming rights of the station but both the parties could not reach the deal which involved hefty amount," he told the paper.

Khalid Bin Waleed Station is one of the underground interchange stations where the Red and the Green Lines cross.

In March last year, the RTA offered 23 stations for corporate branding as part of its major public-private partnership initiative but only 10 have been awarded to companies.

So far Etisalat has paid the highest price of AED135 million for a station in Al Qusais on the Green Line for a period of 10 years.

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