10 Metro stations to open on September 9

RTA confirm which stations will operate when Dubai Metro opens

10 stations will be open when the Dubai Metro Red Line launches on September 9 and the opening of the Green Line has been pushed back three months, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Sunday.

The stations to open on September 9 will be: Rashidiya, Airport Terminal 3, Deira City Center, Al Rigga, Union, Khaleed bin Al Waleed, Al Jafiliya, DIFC, Mall of the Emirates and Nakheel Harbour and Tower.

The Green Line, originally scheduled to open in March 2010, will open three months later than originally planned.

Other stations on the Red Line, such as Jebel Ali, are ready to open on the launch day but are being delayed because surrounding developments are not ready, RTA chairman Mattar Al Tayer said at a press conference.

Most other stations are expected to be open by February next year.

The decision to delay opening all the stations was to avoid "bugs in the system". He added: "The service to the public has to be efficient...we don't want to compromise safety."

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed will officially inaugurate the Dubai Metro on the first day of operations.

Initially, 11 trains will run on the Red Line, which is expected to carry 3,500 passengers per hour in each direction.

During Ramadan, the Metro will operate from 6am to midnight, apart from Fridays when operating hours will be 2pm until midnight. Initially, the trains will run at a rate of six per hour, or every ten minutes. Normal operating hours will be 6am to 11pm, except Fridays, when it will operate from 2pm.

A standard ticket will cost between Dhs2.50 ($0.68) and Dhs6.50 ($1.80).

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