Remember, Metro users, services between Ibn Battuta and JLT, are being suspended from Friday, 5th January.
As part of the Route 2020 project to extend the Dubai Metro’s Red Line to the World Expo site, no trains will run between JLT, Nakheel Harbour and Ibn Battuta Metro stations for 18 months. The multi-storey car park at Nakheel Harbour will also be closed.
The Metro will continue to UAE Exchange (Jebel Ali) and in the northbound direction to Rashidiya, but the stretch affected won’t get moving again until mid 2019, by which time there will be a new station at Nakheel Harbour & Tower that links with the existing one.
It’s the next stage of the Route 2020 Project, which had seen partial closures between the two stations over 10 weekends up until 14th October this year.
How is this going to affect my journey to work?
Commuters and any other travellers can hop on to the free shuttle bus provided by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority that will take them between the closed stations in both directions. However, passengers should leave an extra 20 minutes for their journey.
Here is an infographic explaining the free shuttle bus route:
Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younis, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency, explains: “Metro riders heading to UAE Exchange Station are required to alight at JLT Station, board a free bus to take them to Ibn Battuta Station and then continue their metro journey to the UAE Exchange Station.
“Metro riders in the direction of Rashidiya Station are required to alight at Ibn Battuta Station, take an alternative bus for free to take them to JLT Station and from there continue their journey in the direction of Rashidiya Station. RTA advise all passengers and Metro users to plan and allow an additional 20 minutes to complete their journey to avoid any delays.”