In addition to connecting important districts and cutting travel times in half, the 30km Blue Line Dubai Metro extension, which was recently unveiled, will provide commuters with stunning vistas of the cityscape.
The Blue Line Metro Extension
Set for completion by 2029, the Blue Line marks a significant milestone in Dubai's 2040 Urban Master Plan, aiming to transform the city into a '20-minute city.'
Connecting key areas:
An important part of Dubai's infrastructure, the Blue Line links DXB to nine key districts: Mirdif, Al Warqa, International City 1 and 2, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Academic City, Ras Al Khor Industrial Area, Dubai Creek Harbour, and Dubai Festival City. There will be a more streamlined journey thanks to the anticipated time savings of 10–25 minutes between these locations.
As part of the 2040 Urban Master Plan, the Blue Line will seamlessly integrate these areas with Dubai's five urban centers, fostering connectivity with historic districts, economic hubs, tourism hotspots, and key centers like Expo 2020 and Dubai Silicon Oasis.
Striking Architectural Marvels and Innovative Design
Featuring 14 stations, including the largest underground interchange station covering 44,000 square meters in International City, the Blue Line boasts an iconic 8,800-square-meter station at Dubai Creek Harbour. Designed by the renowned Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, the architectural marvel promises to be a visual delight, akin to their masterpieces like Burj Khalifa and Sears Tower.
Efficient Routes and Passenger Capacity
With two main routes spanning a total of 30km, the Blue Line is projected to handle a passenger capacity of about 56,000 per hour, boasting an estimated daily ridership of 320,000 passengers by 2040. The innovative design includes an underground corridor spanning 15.5km, elevating rail covering 14.5km, and key interchange stations at Creek, Centrepoint, and Dubai International City.
Cost and Benefits:
Dubai's commitment to advancing public transport is evident in the estimated cost of Dh18 billion for the Blue Line project. Initial studies by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) forecast total benefits reaching Dh56.5 billion by 2040, encompassing time and fuel savings, reduced accidents, lower carbon emissions, and a potential real estate appreciation of up to 25%.
Future Rollout and Timelines
The tender submission deadline was November 24, and the project award announcement is expected next year. Tunnel boring for the underground corridor is set to commence in 2025, with a trial operation in 2028 and the official rollout in 2029, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Dubai Metro's inauguration in 2009. The Blue Line promises to reshape Dubai's transportation landscape, providing a dynamic and efficient metro system for residents and visitors alike.