Expo 2020 site link to Dubai Metro plans approved
Extension of the Metro includes 15km more track and seven new stations
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has endorsed the Masar 2020 Project to extend the Red Line of the Dubai Metro to the site of Expo 2020.
The extended sector of the metro line from Nakheel Harbour & Tower Metro Station stretches 15km and includes seven stations, the Roads and Transport Authority announced on Saturday.
It said in a statement that Sheikh Mohammed has directed to start the project construction works immediately, and to complete it on the fixed timeline ahead of Expo 2020.
The project, tendering on which is set to be launched in July, is part of the RTA's integrated plan for roads and transport projects to serve the Expo event.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said: "The RTA has examined different options of Masar 2020 and assessed their effectiveness and impact on the neighbourhood based on a host of technical perimeters that include the enhancement of the development plans in Dubai.
"It also serves the largest possible number of residents as well as current and future projects, easing snarls on some congested road sectors, providing top class service to targeted communities, and integrating with public transit systems and roads network in the emirate."
He said Masar 2020 will begin at Nakheel Harbour & Tower Metro Station and will extend 15km (11km elevated and 4km underground) and includes seven stations (five elevated and two underground).
The project will serve areas such as the Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate, and the Dubai Investment Park, with the journey from the Dubai Marina to the site of Expo taking about 16 minutes.
Al Tayer added: "Masar 2020 project will offer a safe and smooth mobility to visitors of Expo 2020 and residents of the neighbourhood as well. It stands out as a vital transit corridor linking various Dubai districts with Al Maktoum International Airport, an icon of a new important development phase in the history of Dubai, and a symbol of sustainability, advancement and creativity for current and future generations."