Dubai Metro: a comprehensive guide for tourists

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The Dubai Metro is a new cultural masterpiece added to the outcome of the amazing features of the United Arab Emirates, as it is one of the largest automated railway systems in the world.
The Dubai metro was able to serve more than 103 million passengers in only the first half of this year and the number is constantly increasing, as the metro is considered the best and cheapest way among all Dubai public and private transportation.
Dubai Metro is also the first and preferred option for most tourists, as it enables them to reach the vibrant heart of the city and its most important tourist attractions directly from the airport.
Below we present to our esteemed visitors the most important information about the metro in Dubai and how it is used to commute and explore this charming emirate, hoping that this article will serve as a comprehensive guide and reference for all those interested in tourism in Dubai.

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Dubai Metro features

Dubai Metro provides the highest possible comfort, safety, privacy and ease of use for passengers in addition to a large number of recreational services such as wireless internet. Among the most important features:

  • The metro has a speed of 90 km per hour, and its trains are clean and spacious.
  • It is one of the most economical and cheapest transportation in Dubai.
  • Children under five are allowed free of charge.
  • All cabins feature comfortable seats, and for those looking for more luxury there are luxurious gold-class cabins that feature special seats that are more comfortable and spacious than regular seats.
  • Luggage compartments are available in all compartments.
  • All trains have booths only for women and children, providing women with a privacy and security space.
  • All cabins have disabled seats and wheelchair users, and there are prominent signs on the floor at the stations to guide people with visual impairments.
  • Dubai Metro provides passengers with more security through more than 3000 cameras distributed on trains and stations, in addition to a dedicated police unit only for the metro.
  • The red line of the metro passes through the terminals of 1,3 in Dubai International Airport, which connects the airport directly to the city and makes it easy for tourists to reach the most important landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa.

How to use the Dubai Metro

The Dubai Metro can be used easily by purchasing one of the Nol Cards in its different categories, then heading to the entry gates and passing them on the card scanner so that the cost is calculated and deducted from the card balance. Below all the details about Nol Cards are explained below.
To plan your trip and know the station near your destination, you can use the “My Destination” application for smartphones belonging to the RTA in Dubai. It can be downloaded for Android from Here And download it to iPhone from Here.

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Nol cards

In the pursuit of using digital payment methods, there is no longer a need to carry a lot of cash to use transportation in Dubai as the Roads and Transport Authority provides one of the smartest electronic payment solutions, Nol e-cards.
These are smart cards used to pay the metro tariff and all means of transportation affiliated to the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, which are the metro, tram, bus, taxi, water bus, ferry, water taxi and ferry in addition to paid parking.
Nol cards can be issued and shipped easily with ticket offices in all Dubai metro stations, the authority’s customer service centers, sales agents or automatically via electronic devices designated for this in metro stations.
There are 4 different categories of Nol cards which are silver (we recommend tourists), golden, blue and red tickets. The following table shows the difference between each of them:

the card
Price / balance
used in

Silver is valid for 5 years
✓ Up to 1000 dirhams
✓ Contains an electronic wallet
✓ No documents are required to be issued
فوري Immediate use You do not need to activate the price: 25 dirhams
Balance: 19 dirhams of all means of transportation of the authority
Gold✓ valid for 5 years
✓ Up to 1000 dirhams
✓ Contains an electronic wallet
✓ No documents are required to be issued
فوري Immediate use that does not require activation
★ Gold Class Booths ride, price: 25 dirhams
Balance: 19 dirhams of all means of transportation of the authority
Zarqa (Personal) ✓ valid for 5 years
✓ Can be charged up to 5000 AED
It contains an electronic wallet
الر The balance can be refunded if lost
✓ You need documents to be issued
★ Regular Gold Class Booths ride
Price: 70 dirhams
Balance: 20 dirhams
Price: 80 dirhams
Balance: 20 dirhams of all means of transportation of the authority
Red is valid for 90 days
✓ Low price
✓ Can be filled up to 10 trips
It does not contain an electronic wallet Price: 6 dirhams
Balance: 4 dirhamsMetro, tram, bus

Note: The Nol Red Card is a paper ticket used for only one mode of transportation, that is, if it is extracted for metro rides it cannot be used for bus rides and so on.

Dubai Metro map

Dubai metro connects most of the emirate’s regions with each other through two lines:
Red line : It opened in 2009, extending for more than 52 km between the Rashidiya and Jebel Ali areas, and includes 29 stations, including Terminal 1 terminal and Terminal 3 terminal at Dubai International Airport.
Important Alert : There is a temporary partial closure of the red line on Friday and Saturday starting from January 5, 2020 until mid-2020 at the Jumeirah Towers Station and Nakheel Haber and Tower Station … You can watch this video to learn how to get through the closed part by pressing Here
Green line : It opened in September 2011, extending more than 22.5 km between the Etisalat station in Al Qusais to the Creek station in the Dubai Creek area, and includes 20 stations in the most vital areas such as Deira.
Both lines connect to each other at the Etihad and Burjuman stations (known as Khalid Bin Al Waleed Station). You can view the map of Dubai Metro and all Dubai Metro stations and the nearby tourist places by following the following article on our website by clicking here

Dubai Metro opening hours

Both the red and green lines work throughout the week, with slight differences in working hours between them. The following table shows all Dubai Metro opening times:

Red line
Green line

From Saturday to Wednesday
From 05:00 AM until 12:00 midnight
From 05:30 in the morning until 12:00 in the middle of the night

From 05:00 AM until 01:00 the next morning
From 5:30 AM until 01:00 the next morning

From 10:00 am to 01:00 the next morning
From 10:00 am to 01:00 the next morning

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Do you still have any questions about Dubai Metro? Please write it in the comments and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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