Dubai ruler review progress of work on Route 2020 stations as project passes 50% completion rate
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on Monday reviewed the progress of work on the Route 2020 stations, the metro extension linking the Dubai Expo 2020 site.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority, told Sheikh Mohammed that the project has reached 53 percent completion.
Work on the viaduct is 83 percent complete and all bridge works will be finished in the second half of November, he said.
He added that the first of the new metro trains to be used on this route will arrive in Dubai in November. The first train will start operations in December.
The RTA will start testing carriages in May 2019, and conduct test runs of trains in February 2020 to ensure the readiness of the train and control systems. The test runs will continue until the official opening of the project.
The new route covers the 15km extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line to the site of Expo 2020 and includes seven stations (five elevated and two underground).
Sheikh Mohammed said that infrastructure projects in Dubai and the UAE are a key part of the country’s comprehensive development plans.
He said that Dubai Government has allocated 21 percent of its budget for new projects including AED5 billion for projects related to Expo 2020.
The design of the iconic station at the Expo site will serve millions of visitors and has been designed to ensure the smooth entry and exit of passengers at all times.
The project also features an interchange station linking Route 2020 and the Red Line of Dubai Metro at Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station.