Dubai Metro

Everything in Dubai is beautiful and so is the city’s public transport. The Dubai metro stations are so elegant, appearing like aerodromes dipped in gold.

What’s amazing about the Dubai Metro is that it’s driverless! It’s a fully automated metro network with operations being controlled from a centre in Jebel Ali.

A little about the Dubai Metro. Well it is composed of at-grade (G), elevated Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 (T1, T2 and T3, respectively), underground stations (U) and underground transfer station types (UT). Type 1 is the regular at-grade concourse station, Type 2 will be a regular elevated concourse station, and Type 3 will be an elevated special track station with an extra track to hold a non operational train. Underground transfer stations will be both accommodating the Red and Green lines for easy transfers.

Besides these differences, it is said to have four themes  to be used in the interiors of all stations – earth, water, fire and air. Earth stations (red line)  will have a tan-brown colour effects; water will have blue-white colour effects; fire will get orange-red colour effects; and the air will have green colour effects. info credit  

However only the red line is operational as of now running from Al Rashidiya to Jebel Ali.

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For someone who loves to make use of public transport on my trips. I would give the Dubai Metro 4 out of 5. I used the metro from Al Karama to Dubai Mall/ Burj Khalifa station and loved the ride. A shuttle service is available outside the station that provides drop offs to the mall.

Get yourself a NOL card which is a SmartCard that enables you to pay for various transport services in Dubai offered by the RTA, this includes bus, metro and even the Dubai Taxi. Visit to familiarise yourself with the different options available.

The next time you are in Dubai, make sure you ride the metro.