Dubai Metro 101 — Map, Stations, Timings, Fares, Apps & How To Use

Dubai Metro 101 — Map, Stations, Timings, Fares, Apps & How To Use

This is your 101 on Dubai Metro, Dubai Metro map and routes, Dubai Metro stations, Dubai Metro timings or operating hours, Dubai Metro fares, Dubai Metro trains, Dubai Metro rules and how to use it as well as Dubai transport apps.

Dubai Metro is a futuristic railway in Dubai. It’s one of the longest automated train systems in the world and was in fact the longest. Comprising two routes, Dubai Metro Red Line and Dubai Metro Green Line, the Dubai train system goes from Al Rashidiya Metro Station to UAE Exchange Metro Station (formerly Jebel Ali) and Etisalat Metro Station to Dubai Creek Metro Station. It is a comfortable way to span the length of the UAE city, given that it’s well air-conditioned, safe and relatively fast. Added to the foregoing, the Dubai railway is the cheapest means of transportation in the city, although not as flexible as the taxi or a personal car.

With people visiting Dubai from every corner of the Earth, a mass transit (a mass transportation means) is requisite; Dubai Metro is requisite. Construction setting off in 2006, the first Line (Red Line Metro Dubai) was launched in 2009, the second (Green Line Metro Dubai) getting launched in 2011.

Whether you’re a resident or a tourist in Dubai, Dubai metro rail service would be felicitous as it links to lots of notable places and major destination in Dubai; plus the facts that it’s inexpensive and comfortable. The “Metro Dubai” offers two dedicated stops for Dubai International Airport; Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. These are situated at the eastern end of the Dubai Red Line.

The Dubai Metro Train

Automated, the Dubai Metro train is driverless and has 0% carbon emission. Designed to convey six hundred and forty-three (643) passengers, the Dubai train boasts three types of cabins or carriages, first class (called Gold class), the women-only cabin, and the general cabin (which has more cabins). The first class is exclusive to Nol gold card holders, boasts wide leather seats, carpet flooring, exclusive lighting and design, and a panoramic view through the windscreen of the RTA Metro train.

Whatever the cabin you are in, once you’re aboard “metro train Dubai”, you get full Wi-Fi coverage. When you open and close the doors of the Dubai train, you hear audible beeps with attendant flashing light signals. All the Dubai Metro trains offer dedicated spaces for wheelchair users. There’s a contrasting tactile guidance path for the visually impaired. Trains’ cabins and walkways are well air-conditioned and there are screens displaying information throughout the Dubai Metro trains and the Dubai metro stations.

The trains can run in automatic mode from 45 to 90 km/hr depending on the track section. The Dubai Red line’s average speed is 42km/hr while that of the Dubai Green line is 32 km/hr.

Automated, the trains are overseen by an automated Operations Control Centre.

Is the Dubai Metro Safe for Traveling?

Dubai Metro Stations

Yes, the Dubai Metro is safe for traveling. In fact, the Dubai railway’s safety has been assessed by an Independent Safety Assessor (ISA). The Metro is designed to meet international standards. Thus, the swerving curves along the Dubai railway track notwithstanding, it’s safe to travel on “Metro Dubai”. Safety design features provided by the Automatic Train Control System include Automatic Train Supervision System, Automatic Train Protection System and Automatic Train Operations System. There’s also Wayside Obstacle Detection.

Further, besides Dubai police who use supercars in the city, the UAE Metro has a dedicated police force. Added to that, the Dubai railway trains and stations boast over three thousand CCTVs. Should there be an emergency, you could quickly get a call across via the Emergency Call Box in the trains and the Dubai metro stops. There is lastly in this connection an integrated radio system between the Metro and emergency services.

Dubai Metro Map

Below is an interactive Google “Metro Map Dubai”.

And below is a schematic Dubai metro map. The Dubai metro map below also shows the zones that determine how you’re charged when you use the metro.

Dubai Metro Map - Schematic
Schematic Dubai Metro Map | Credit:

Download a schematic PDF of Dubai Metro map here. NB: Some metro stations’ names on both the foregoing schematic Dubai metro map and the schematic Dubai Metro map available for downloading have been changed. To be guided, use the tables/lists of Dubai metro stations in this article; I’ve included the updated names and the former ones.

  • Dubai Metro Address: Dubai, UAE
  • Call Center: 8009090; +971 4 284 4444
  • Overseas: +97146051414
  • Fax: +971 4 206 5555
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Official Website:

Dubai Metro Timings

Dubai metro timings are as per station clocks. The first and the last metro train timings may vary during special events or as required. Thus, you should refer to the UAE metro stations’ signage for new RTA metro timing updates. If you’re planning to go out, RTA advises that you should head to the “metro station Dubai” 30 minutes before your trip sets off.

If you are changing trains at an interchange station (Union/BurJuman), see that you reach the outbound platform in five minutes. The RTA metro timings may vary as and when required or during special events. You can inquire of RTA with the foregoing contacts if you needed help.

Metro Dubai Red Line Stations Timings

Saturday to Wednesday — 5:00 am – 12:00 am
Thursday — 5:00 am – 1:00 am (The next day)
Friday — 5:00 am – 1:00 am (The next day)

Dubai Metro Green Line Stations Timings

Saturday to Wednesday — 5:30 am – 12:00 am
Thursday — 5:30 am – 1:00 am (The next day)
Friday — 10:00 am – 1:00 am (The next day)

Note: Should you miss the last train, you could board a night bus running between Nakheel Harbour metro station and Tower and Al Rashidiya metro station. The night bus runs every 20 minutes from 11 pm to 2 am. As the table shows, the first metro timings for the Dubai red line and the green metro line are 5:00 am and 5:30 am respectively.

Dubai Metro Fares

First up, you pay for your Dubai Metro fares as well as the fares of other Dubai public transport such as those of the public bus and the Dubai tram with and only with your Nol card. What you’re charged depends on the number of zones you travel. To see the zones, please refer to the schematic Dubai Metro map above. Your Dubai transport fare is calculated at the end of your journey after which the fare will automatically be deducted from your e-purse.

Fare Table

ZonesFares (AED)
Silver Card Gold Card Personal Card Red Ticket
Within one zone 3 6 3 4
Two adjacent zones 5 10 5 6
More than two zones 7.5 15 7.5 8.5

Note: Please click here for complete information on the Nol card.

Table for Transfers Allowed – Transfer to Cut Cost

The following table shows the transfers that are allowed. The interpretation of the Dubai transfer table is that:
Second column (Within one zone): You can transfer 3 times and not more than that within one zone and this should be done within 180 minutes (3 hours).
Third column (Two adjacent zones): You can transfer within two zones that are next to each other 3 times within 180 minutes (3 hours).
Fourth column (More than two zones): Lastly, you can transfer in as many zones as you can 3 times within 3 hours or 180 minutes.

Within one zoneTwo adjacent zonesMore than two zones
Max Journey Duration180 mins180 mins180 mins
Max Transfers Allowed333

Note: Transferring across two modes of transport must be within 30 minutes. Do not neglect to check out of the mode of transport you’re transferring from and do not neglect to check in to the mode you’re transferring to. All you have to do for your journey to be regarded as one is to transfer successfully within 30 minutes.

The fares for the Dubai metro, tram and bus are billed the same way. Each is billed based on the number of zones you traveled (covered) on your journey. In other words, you’re billed on the basis of how many zones you traveled on your journey.

Dubai Metro Stations

Dubai Metro Stations

First up and to reiterate, “Metro Dubai” is comprised of two transportation routes, the Red and the Green Lines, the red being longer. The Dubai Metro stations are situated across the seven zones into which Dubai is divided and the two Lines into which “Metro Dubai” is divided. The Metro boasts the total of forty-seven stations. The Dubai Metro Red Line has twenty nine (29) stations, while the Dubai Metro Green Line has twenty (20), both sharing two, Union and BurJuman metro stations. These two are transfer stations which means they let passengers transfer from one of the lines to the other.

With an area spanning 25,000 square meters, the Union metro station has the capacity to handle about 22,000 passengers per hour. It’s little wonder it’s considered one of the biggest metro stations in the world.

Dubai Metro stations boast retail outlets, banks, coffee shops, restaurants, first aid rooms and first aiders.

The UAE Metro trains are fed by feeder buses for free so long as travelers will be using the metro service. If you only travel by the bus, you will be charged.

Lastly here, there are free parking spaces for car owners at Al Rashidiya metro station (2700 spaces), Nakheel Harbour and Tower metro station (3000 spaces) and Etisalat metro stations (2300 spaces). Of the three, only the latter is along the Dubai Metro Green Line.

Dubai Metro Red Line Stations

The Red line has twenty-nine (29) stations and spans Al Rashidiya along Sheikh Zayed Road for most of its length to UAE Exchange (Jebel Ali). Its stations include twenty four (24) elevated stations (elevated by means of a viaduct); four underground, and one at ground level. The total length of the Red line is 52.1 km (32.4 mi), with 4.7 km (2.9 mi) of its length underground.

The time to travel the entire Red Line is around 60 minutes, when the train travels at a maximum speed of 110 kilometers per hour (68 mph), stopping 20–30 seconds at each station. The average time between stations on the Red Line is 60–90 seconds. The RTA Metro trains run in the interval of about 4 to 8 minutes during the peak period.

Below is a table of “Metro Stations Dubaialong the Dubai Metro Red Line.

S/N Stations Station Number Location Zone Close Places
1 Al Rashidiya Metro Station 11 Rashidiya 5 Bin Sougat Shopping Mall
2 Emirates Metro Station 12 Garhoud 5 Emirates Group HQ, Festival City Shopping Mall
3 Airport Terminal 3 Metro Station 13 Garhoud, Dubai Airport Free Zone 5 Dubai International Airport
4 Airport Terminal 1 Metro Station 14 Garhoud, Dubai Airport Free Zone 5 Dubai International Airport, Le Meridien Dubai
5 GGICO Metro Station (formerly Al Garhoud) 15 Garhoud 5 Le Meridien Fairway, Jumeirah Creekside, Aviation Club (Tennis Stadium); Welcare Hospital
6 Deira City Centre Metro Station 16 Deira 5 City Centre Deira, Sofitel, Novctel, Park Hyatt, Deira City Centre Mall
7 Al Rigga Metro Station 17 Deira 5 Hamarain Centre, Taj, Al Ghurair Shopping Mall
8 Union Metro Station (Transfer Station) 18 Deira 5 Al Ghurair Centre, Al Khaleej Palace, Radisson Blue, Sheraton Deira, Hilton Dubai Creek, Traditional Market
9 BurJuman Metro Station (formerly Khalid Bin Al Waleed) 19 Bur Dubai 6 BurJuman, BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana, Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai, Key Embassies, BurJuman Shopping Mall, International Private Hospital
10 ADCB Metro Station (formerly Al Karama) 20 Al Kamara 6 Karama Shopping District
11 Al Jafiliya Metro Station 21 Al Jafiliya 6 Zabeel Park, Rove Trade Centre, Sheraton Grand, Immigration and Naturalisation Office
12 World Trade Centre Metro Station 22 Trade Center 6 Dubai World Trade Centre, Fairmont Dubai, Crowne Plaza, Fairmont, Monarch, Dubai World Trade Centre Exhibition Centre
13 Emirates Towers Metro Station 23 Trade Center 6 Emirates Towers, Emirates Towers Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Crowne Plaza, The Gate DIFC, Al Zahra Hospital
14 Financial Centre Metro Station 24 Dubai International Financial Centre 6 Dubai International Financial Centre, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road, Shangri-La, Dusit Dubai
15 Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro Station 25 Downtown Dubai 6 Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa (Armani Hotel), Dubai Mall (Ice Rink, KidZania & Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo), Dubai Fountain, Dubai Opera, , CITY WALK, Souk Al Bahar, Address Dubai Mall Hotel, Palace Downtown Dubai
16 Business Bay Metro Station 26 Business Bay 6 JW Marriott Marquis, St Regis Dubai, Taj Dubai, Metropolitan Dubai, Safa Park, Medcare Hospital
17 Al Safa Metro Station (formerly Noor Bank Metro Station / Noor Islamic Bank / Al Quoz Metro Station) 29 Al Quoz 2 Oasis mall
18 Umm Al Sheif Metro Station (First Gulf Bank Metro Station / First Abu Dhabi Bank Metro Station) 31 Al Quoz 2 Gold & Diamond Park
19 Mall of the Emirates Metro Station 32 Al Barsha 2 Mall of the Emirates (Ski Dubai), Kempinski Hotel, Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates
20 Sharaf DG Metro Station 33 Al Barsha 2 Novotel Dubai Al Barsha, Golden Tulip Al Barsha, Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha
21 Dubai Internet City Metro Station 34 Barsha Heights 2 Dusit D2 Kenz Hotel, Media Rotana, Dubai Media City, Knowledge Village
22 Al Khail Metro Station (formerly Nakheel Metro Station) 35 Dubai Media City 2 Media One, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media City, Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City
23 Dubai Marina Metro Station (formerly DAMAC Properties Metro Station) 36 Dubai Marina 2 Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina Tram Station, Grosvenor House, Address Dubai Marina
24 Jumeirah Lakes Towers Metro Station 37 Jumeirah Lake Towers 2 Dubai Marina Mall, The Walk, Jumeirah Lakes Towers Tram Station, Bonningtn Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Address Dubai Marina, Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach, InterContinental Dubai Marina, Sheraton Jumeirah, Jumeirah Islands
25 Nakheel Harbour & Tower Metro Station 38 Jebel Ali 2  
26 Ibn Battuta Metro Station 39 Jebel Ali 2 Ibn Battuta Mall, Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, Jebel Ali Clinic
27 Energy Metro Station Metro Station 40 Jebel Ali 2 Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple
28 Danube Metro Station (formerly Jebel Ali Metro Station) 41 Jebel Ali 1  
29 UAE Exchange Metro Station (formerly Jebel Ali Metro Station) 42 Jebel Ali 1 Jebel Ali Free Zone

Dubai Metro Green Line Stations

Launched in 2011, the Dubai Metro Green Line boasts 20 stations running from Etisalat Metro Station in Al Qusais, passing the densely populated areas of Deira and Bur Dubai, to Creek Metro Station. The Green Line spans 22.5 kilometers (14.0 mi), its main depot being in Al Qusais.

Five (5) miles of the Dubai Green Line (Abu Baker Al Siddique to Oud Metha) is underground.

Below is a table of Metro Dubai Stations along the Green Metro Line.

S/N StationsStation Number Location Zone Close Places
1 Etisalat Metro Station – Maintenance depot; car park for 6000 cars; adjacent bus and taxi stations 11 Al Qusais 5  
2 Al Qusais Metro Station 12 Al Qusais 5  
3 Dubai Airport Free Zone Metro Station 13 Al Qusais 5  
4 Al Nahda Metro Station 14 Al Qusais 5 Al Bustan Centre
5 Stadium Metro Station 15 Al Qusais 5 Rashid Stadium
6 Al Qiyadah Metro Station 16 Al Twar 5 Dubai Police HQ, Al Mulla Plaza
7 Abu Hail Metro Station 17 Deira 5  
8 Abu Baker Al Siddique Metro Station 18 Deira 5 Hamarain Centre, JW Marriot, Crown Plaza Deira
9 Salah Al Din Metro Station 19 Deira 5 Al Ghurair Centre, Reef Mall
10 Union Metro Station 20 Deira 5 Al Ghurair Centre, Union Square Bus Station, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers, Al Khaleej Palace Hotel
11 Baniyas Square Metro Station 21 Deira 5 Naif Souk, Al Manal Centre
12 Palm Deira Metro Station 22 Deira 5 Gold Souk, Hyatt Regency
13 Al Ras Metro Station 23 Deira 6 Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, Gold Souk, Spice Souk
14 Al Ghubaiba Metro Station 24 Bur Dubai 6 City Centre Shindagha, Al Ghubaiba Bus Station
15 Sharaf DG Metro Station (formerly Al Fahidi Metro Station) 25 Bur Dubai 6 Dubai Museum, Al Ain Centre, Al Khaleej Centre, Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai, Arabian Courtyard
16 BurJuman Metro Station (Transfer Station) 26 Bur Dubai 6 BurJuman, BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana, Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai
17 Oud Metha Metro Station 27 Oud Metha 6 Rashid Hospital
18 Dubai Healthcare City Metro Station 28 Umm Hurair 6 Wafi City, Wafi Mall, Khan Murjan, Creek Park, Dubai Dolpinarium, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Raffles Dubai, Grand Hyatt Dubai
19 Al Jadaf Metro Station 29 Al Jaddaf 6 Culture Village, Palazzo Versace Dubai
20 Creek Metro Station – Adjacent bus and taxi stations   30 Al Jaddaf 6 Mohammed bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf Marine Station

Dubai Metro Rules — Do’s & Don’ts

First up, use instructions at all times. For specificity, and to avoid trouble (being fined mainly), please observe the following.

  1. Don’t push.
  2. Respect personal space.
  3. Move only along the platform.
  4. Give way to other people where necessary.
  5. Move down to the cabins.
  6. Allow passengers to get off the train before you get on.
  7. Luggage must be stowed in the dedicated luggage area.
  8. The maximum number of suitcases permitted for an individual is two, one large (Maximum dimensions: 81cm x 58cm x 30cm) and one small suitcase (Maximum Dimensions: 55cm x 38cm x 20cm).

You’d get slapped with the fine of AED100, if you offend the following rules.

  1. Do not enter restricted areas in Public Transport and Public Transport Facilities made known on signboards.
  2. Do not stand or sit in non-passenger areas in Public Transport and Public Transport Facilities.
  3. Do not place your foot on the seats.
  4. Do not cause disturbance or inconvenience in any way to users of the Public Transport and Public Facilities and Services.
  5. Do not access or sit in areas designated for specific categories.
  6. Do not eat and drink in areas where eating and drinking are not allowed.
  7. Do not bring animals into Public Transport and Public Transport Facilities and Services, except guide dogs for blind persons.
  8. Do not misuse lifts or escalators.
  9. Do not climb or jump onto the Public Transport Facilities and Services.
  10. Do not open the doors or attempt to access or leave Public Transport while it is moving between stations and stops.
  11. Do not carry or use materials or equipment that may cause inconvenience to or endanger the safety of users of Public Transport and Public Transport Facilities and Services.

You’d get slapped with the fine of AED200, if you offend the following rules.

  1. Pay for transport fares.
  2. Always have and be ready to present your required card.
  3. Do not use another person’s card.
  4. Do not use an expired or an invalid card.
  5. Do not sell or promote any item in the Public Transport and Public Transport Facilities.
  6. Comply with instructions of inspectors or authorized personnel and do not encumber them in their duties.
  7. Do not use Public Transport and Public Transport Facilities and Services contrary to the Authority’s instructions on the signboards.
  8. Do not spit, litter, or perform any act that would compromise the cleanness of Public Transport and Public Transport Facilities and Services.
  9. Do not smoke inside Public Transport and Public Transport Facilities and Services.
  10. Do not cause any distraction or obstruction to the driver of Public Transport Facilities and Services while he is driving.
  11. Do not carry Alcoholic beverages inside Public Transport and Public Transport Facilities and Services.

You’d get slapped with the fine of AED300, if you offend the following rule.

  1. Do not sleep in passenger shelters or any place where sleeping is prohibited.

You’d get slapped with the fine of AED500, if you offend the following rule.

  1. Do not use counterfeit card.

You’d get slapped with the fine of AED1000, if you offend the following rule.

  1. Do not carry hazardous items, including weapons, sharp tools or inflammable materials, inside Public Transport and Public Transport Facilities and Services.

You’d get slapped with the fine of AED2000, if you offend the following rules

  1. Do not damage, vandalize or destroy equipment or seats on Public Transport and Public Transport Facilities and Services.
  2. Do not use any security or safety device or tool, including emergency exits where it is not necessary.

You’d get slapped with the fine of AED 100 per day & Up to 1000, if you offend the following rule.

  1. Do not park vehicles in areas designated for metro users for a period exceeding the permitted period.

To see Dubai’s laws and see that you don’t offend them, kindly click here.

Dubai Transport Apps

Avail yourself of these apps as they’re helpful in commuting Dubai. Some like the Wojhati are as good as Dubai metro map as itheyhelp you plan your trip. RTA Smart Drive is a Dubai map which helps you with locations and landmarks.

1. RTA Smart Drive

The RTA Smart Drive lets you navigate through Dubai with relative ease. This on-board route planning and exploration app operates without mobile Internet connection. Impressive, right! RTA Smart Drive App provides turn-by-turn voice and visual instruction, automatic re-routing and speed limit alerts while displaying points of interest along the drive. Download below:

Dubai Metro App - Google Play
Download RTA Smart Drive - App Store

2. RTA Dubai App

This award winning app is designed to support roads and public transport users. Download below:

Dubai Metro App - Google Play
Download RTA Smart Drive - App Store
Download RTA Smart Drive

3. Public Transport

This app enables users to save time with things pertaining to the Nol Card. Specially designed for NOL cards, its features include NOL card top-up, balance check, and transaction history. Download Below:

Dubai Metro App - Google Play
Download RTA Smart Drive - App Store

4. Wojhati

This journey planner app is an efficient, real-time map that uses GPS-based location tools. App features allow users to view routes, stops, major landmarks and departures, and help plan journeys using metro, buses and marine transport routes.

Dubai Metro App - Google Play
Download Dubai Transport App
Download Dubai Transport App

There’re other transportation apps by the RTA not listed here, particularly because of relevance.


There you have it, your 101 on “Metro Dubai”, Dubai Metro maps and routes, Dubai Metro stations, Dubai Metro timings or operating hours, Dubai Metro fares, Dubai Metro trains, Dubai Metro rules and how to use mass transit system as well as Dubai transport apps. With the foregoing information, you shouldn’t be hard put to use the Dubai Metro. You should know that while there’s a cabin exclusive to women, women can use the general cabins.

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