United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi

automated metro (Dirham), monorail, light rail

Metro, Light Rail, tramway

Dubai's first metro, the Red Line, opened in September 2009.  The line included four subway stations. 

Test runs began on Dubai's 23 km Green Line in October 2010. The line opened to the public in September 2011. It includes an 8 km subway section. The opening made Dubai Metro the largest automated metro in the world.

The mostly elevated 74.6 km system features 44 stations, 11 of which are underground.  Included is Union Station, the world's largest underground subway station. Plans to extend the lines and add three new ones are on the drawing board.

Of note to the curious, the official
Dubai Metro home page shows fiscal responsibility by hosting Google Adsense ads.

When visiting the Dubai metro,
be careful where you eat or put your feet! And hey! You! Don't run in the station.


In January 2003, the town council discussed the planning of a 14 km, one line metro, partially on surface, from just south of Jumeira Beach and the Burj al Arab Hotel. The line would run parallel to the highway and along the coast to the North terminal Sharjah.

Bigger plans were approved, and tenders were invited for a 53 km, 2 line automated light rail system, 18 km of which will be underground.  T

By early 2004,
International Railway Journal reported that the Arabian city has given the "green light" to begin construction of a 2 line, 69.2 km automated light metro, or "Dirham". Sure to be a "class act", each train will include first-class accommodation and private sections for women and children.   In April 2004, it was announced that construction  would begin in 2005, with the first segment opening in 2009.  Trains were tested as extensions were announced, and naming rights went up for bid. The automated metro would consist of two lines, the 52.1 km Red Line and the 17.6 km Green Line (formerly the Black and Orange lines).  Both would be underground in the city center and elevated outside the central city.


An 18·5 km extension to the Red Line is planned from Jebel Ali to the Expo 2020 site with 12 stations. At the other end of the line, a 3·5 km one-station extension from Rashidiya to Mirdif City Centre has been approved, with a proposal being studied to extend it further south to Al Warqa’a.

The Green Line would be extended by 20·6 km from Al Jaddaf to Academic City with 11 stations. Of this alignment, 12 km would be elevated and 8·6 km underground.

Four further lines have been proposed. The north-south Purple Line would connect the city’s two airports; the Gold Line would link Dubai Marina area, Arabian Ranches and Deira. Both are due to open by 2025.

The Blue Line would run north-south parallel to Dubai Bypass Road, and the Pink Line would run east-west from City of Arabia to Al Sufouh. These are due for completion by 2030.


A 59 km purple line, also under construction. is expected to connect both of Dubai's airports in 2011. A 49 km Blue Line is also planned, and a 20 km extension to the new Green Line
was given the go ahead in February 2012. Two Red Line extensions totaling 18.5 km is also in the works with an expected completion date of 2020.. The extension will include a 4 km, 2 station subway section.

Detailed project description
380 mph cab ride on Youtube
Wikipedia page
Dubai Metro
Facebook page
construction pics from 2007
Unofficial Home Page
My Dubai Metro
Official Home Page

Underground station on the Dubai metro


The 5.1 km 3 station Palm monorail is the middle east's firstmonorail.  It opened in April 2010.
Palm monorail speeds through Dubai's lush landscape.

Youtube Promo
Official Home Page, complete with Google Ads

Light Rail

In 2009, a 14.5 km 19 station tram project, known as the Al Sufouh project, was
announced. Opening date for what is also called the Magenta Line was originally scheduled for April,  2011. A downtown in the economy saw construction cease for two years. In 2013, construction started up again, and the first 10.7 km section is scheduled to open in 2014. The trams will get it's power from a third rail buried in concrete.

LRT contract information from Systra
Dubai Public Transport
Home Page in English, Arabic and Hebrew
Dubai Municipality
article about the new metro

Workers lay tracks and build a station near Dubai Media City for the project. The trams are being manufactured in France.

New Metro rolling stock in Dubai


A hydrogen powered old fashioned tramway serving downtown Dubai's Emaar Development opened in 2015. Currently running 1 km, the line will eventually become a 7 km loop.