The Dubai Metro
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Metro Reviews
An easy and convenient way to move around in Dubai. Sep 28, 2011
Dubai now has two metro lines, the red and the green. The contract to construct the Dubai Metro was signed in 2005. The first line (the Red Line) was opened in 2009 and the Green Line in September 2011. It is a comfortable way of travelling and it is very clean and more than anything – extremely punctual. No wonder that it is clean, you are not allowed to eat or drink in the metro and definitely NO chewing gum. Most of the tracks go above ground, so it is a good chance of seeing Dubai as well.
The metro is driverless and goes from Rashidiya to Jebal Ali. It stops both at Terminal 1 and 3 at Dubai International Airport. There are three different air conditioned cars: the Gold, which offers a bit more comfort, the women and children only and the standard. There is one attendant on every train for emergency. She walks through the cabins, but are mostly seated in the Gold car cabin. The metro operates between 6 am to around midnight Saturday to Thursday and from 2 pm to midnight on Fridays.
To travel on the metro you need to buy a nol card. They come in four different types:
Red – a paper card for a single journey. It can be topped up at the metro ticket office. There is a 2 AED deposit for the card.
Silver – a plastic card for several journeys. This can be topped up either on the metro ticket office or on internet. There is a 6 AED deposit for the card and it is valid for 5 years.
Gold – a plastic card for the Gold car
Blue – a plastic card, which is valid for 30 days.
A standard adult fare ranges from 1,80 to 6, 50 depending on how many zones you are going and what type of nol card you are using. The nol card can also be used on Dubai buses and the waterbus.
I would recommend you to buy the Nol Silver Card. It makes each fare cheaper than if you buy individual tickets.
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Experience Dubai in a Cheap Way Through Metro Apr 13, 2011
Inaugurated on the 09:09:09 pm hr of 09.09.2009, the driverless Metro is the first rail system in the Middle East. The government of Dubai has boasted this transportation vision made into reality.
If you may happen to be in Dubai, the metro is a convenient way to move around. There is a station on Terminal 3 (Emirates Airlines only) and Terminal 1 (all other Airlines), where in you get to experience the Metro right when you come out of the airport. Then lets say if you want it cheap, taxis in the airport flagged down at 30 AED, whereas in Metro you may pay maximum 5 AED. Stations are located around the city, there is one after every one kilometer on average, so you get to a point near to your hotel.
The Metro starts at around 6 am till 11 pm everyday except Fridays when it starts at 2 pm till midnight.
The train has about 5 cabins, one cabin on one end hold the VIP compartment, wherein you have to purchase a GOLD Nol card for that, you pay like 2 dirhams more on fares than the regular cards but you get to experience bigger individual seats and less crowded cabin.
The Silver Nol card or the economy is for all other cabins.
Take note that you only get to ride on designated cabins. If you have the silver nol card, you are not allowed to go to the VIP cabin, there is an imposed 200 AED penalty. Right next to VIP cabin is the ladies and children section only. Lets say even if a father is with his child, he has to go to the common areas cabin.
Eating and drinking is a no! no! inside the train, not even chewing gum!
Silver cards costs 20 AED (1USD = 3.65AED), you pay 6 AED for the card and 14 AED for credit. The maximum you can pay for one journey of about 52 kilometers is 4.80 AED and would take 1 hour travel time (due to the stops on every stations with at least a 15-30 seconds standby time). You can always top the card for credit in the stations or at select groceries or selcted bus stops.
I would recommend to buy the Nol cards as they are cheaper than compared to individual tickets when it comes to fares. Tickets are tricky especially if you dont know which zones you must head and might end up on paying penalties. The cards can be used to ride buses and water taxis.
As of now, only the red line is operational with about 29 stations. Only the stations Deira City Center, Al Riqqa, Union and Khalid Bin Walid are all built underground. The train tracks are suspended high up, so the there is a good chance to see the whole Dubai! , there are only two directions: towards Rashidiya and towards Jebel Ali.
There are like 60 trains on service and train comes every 10 minutes where it can accommodate about 600 passengers per train. There is one attendant on every train for emergency cases like for example, she can man the train in case it wont run, she also shoo away male passengers entering the ladies section and most of the time she is seated in the Gold card cabin ;)-- (just in case you would be looking for her)
A few years then, it was so difficult getting from point A to point B waiting for buses especially if you want to go cheap.
There was also a struggle to get taxis, now that the Metro is here its kind of relief for everyone especially for me as I used it everyday to work. ;)
Part of the Living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2006-2011) travel blog
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