The construction of Dubai’s Route 2020 metro project is 53% complete, it was announced following a review of the scheme by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.
HH Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai; and HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
Construction work on Route 2020’s viaduct has reached 83%, and all bridge work will be completed in the second half of November 2018.
Route 2020 is the 15km extension of Dubai Metro’s Red Line towards the site of Expo 2020 Dubai, and includes seven stations, five of which are elevated and two are underground.
HH Sheikh Mohammed reviewed the designs of the metro stations, which feature four themes – air, earth, fire, and water. The 18,800m2 Expo 2020 Dubai station features “plane wings that reflect the city’s journey towards the future through innovation”, and is expected to serve millions of visitors.
An interchange station linking Route 2020 to Dubai Metro’s Red Line at the Nakheel Harbour and Tower stop is also part of the project, and has been designed similar to the metro’s currently operational stations.
In a report, Dubai Media Office added: “The designs of the elevated and underground stations were tailored to provide higher capacity than the existing stations on Red Line.
“The elevated stations have an area ranging from 8,100-8,800m2, and the areas of the underground stations range from 27,000-28,700m2. The interior design of the metro stations reflects the four elements of nature […] and features futuristic elements.”
Expo 2020 Dubai station
The expo site station has a capacity of 522,000 passengers per day in both directions, equalling 29,000 hourly riders each way. The project features two platforms and three routes linked to Expo 2020 Dubai’s site and its Conference and Exhibition Centre (CoEx), as well as the Trade Centre and the expo’s urban complex.
The station will be “integrated with public transport and parking will be provided for buses and taxis” according to the report, which added that its futuristic interior design has been endorsed by HH Sheikh Mohammed.
The first of Route 2020’s trains will arrive next month, with the first train to begin operations in December.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will begin testing the carriages in May 2019, and test runs of the trains will be conducted in February 2020 to ensure the readiness of train and control systems. These test runs will continue until the project’s official launch.
HH Sheikh Mohammed said Dubai Government has allocated 21% of its budget for new projects in the emirate, and for projects aimed at enhancing the efficiency of existing infrastructure, as the city prepares to host the region’s first World Expo. The emirate’s government has allocated $1.4bn (AED5bn) from its 2018 budget for Expo 2020 Dubai-related projects.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of the executive directors at RTA, briefed HH Sheikh Mohammed on the project. HH Sheikh Mohammed commended the infrastructure development schemes implemented by RTA that complement the emirate’s economic and social development projects, as well as support UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021.
During his tour, HH Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman of Emirates Group, and chairman of Expo 2020 Higher Committee; HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation; and HH Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Media Office reported.
HH Sheikh Mohammed also reviewed the progress made on Phase 1 of the Latifa bint Hamdan and Umm Al Sheef Streets Improvement Project. Phase 2 will begin in Q1 2019, with overall development costs expected to total $217.8m (AED800m).
The development links Jumeirah with Al Khail Road and its parallel roads, First Al Khail Road and Al Asayel Streets, through two-tier bridges spanning 7.4km.