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The Metro of the Future
If you're in Dubai you've got to take advantage of the metro, because it's really is the best way to travel. While there are some destinations that require a taxi or a bus, the metro is designed to funnel tourists to Dubai's jewels, and any of the stops along it are sure to have attractions, sights and shops that are perfect for you. And don't be scared when you enter the metro in Dubai and you don't see a driver, because all metros in Dubai are entirely automated!
Currently there are two operational metro lines in Dubai, the Red line and the Green line. Additional lines are planned, but Red and Green go everywhere you'd want to as a tourist. The Red and Green lines of the metro currently run beneath the center of Dubai's metropolitan core, but also become elevated railway systems elsewhere. The Red line has twenty-nine stations across just over fifty kilometers of track and runs from Rashidiya to UAE Exchange (or Jebel Ali) and back and passes Dubai International Airport, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and IBN Batuta mall amongst others. The Green line has twenty stations over a little over twenty kilometers and runs between Etisalat and Creek and stops at the stadium, Palm Deira Al Fahidi and Dubai Creek amongst others. Red and Green connect to eachother at the Burjuman and Union Metro Stations. You can see a map with all stations when you scroll down.
Dubai Metro Red Line
Rashidiya - Emirates - Airport Terminal 3 - Airport Terminal 1 - GGICO - Deira City Centre - Al Rigga - Union - Bur Juman - ADCB - Al Jaffiya - World Trade Centre - Emirates Towers - Financial Centre - Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall - Business Bay - Noor Bank - First Gulf Bank - Mall of the Emirates - Sharaf DG - Dubai Internet City - Nakheel - DAMAC properties (Dubai Marina) - Jumeirah Lakes Towers - Nakheel Harbour & Tower - Ibn Battuta - Energy - Danube - UAE Exchange
Dubai Metro Green Line
Etisalat - Al Qusais - Dubai Airport Free Zone - Al Nahda - Stadium (Dubai) - Al Qiyadah - Abu Hail - Abu Bakr Seddiq - Salahuddin - Union - Baniyas Square - Palm Deira - Al Ras - Al Ghubaiba - Al Fahidi - Bur Juman - Oud Metha - Healthcare City - Al Jadar - Creek
Dubai's metro system relies on "fixed" systems of charging. For the metro, there are three tiers: Tier One, Two, and Three. Tier One is for a single zone crossing, Tier Two is for more than one zone, and Tier Three is for three or more zones. The system uses an NOL travel card, just like the city's bus system does. You can get the card at metro stations or bus stations. Such cards look sort of like a credit or debit card would, and function the same way: fares are loaded to the card, and it's recognized as you enter the metro. A "zone" is usually about three kilometers, but they quit charging you if you get past three zones.
Finally, you can even absorb culture while you wait for the train. In 2014 an order went out to change metro stations from uninteresting, utilitarian areas into little art museums. You've seen it flying in; the difference between Dubai and surrounding desert represents a taught balance, as this starkness cannot be ignored, so in many ways it is incorporated. You can see it in the design of the metro, buildings, and general layout of the city itself. But Dubai has ostensibly conquered the desert, and if you ride the metro, you'll see how true that is. Looking at the artwork in the metro isn't a matter of just seeing the modern pieces by local artisans. When you get right down to it, the metro itself is one of Dubai's greatest technological feats of artistry. Ostensibly all platforms and waiting stations, as well as the trains themselves, will be air-conditioned. Reality says there will be some areas that are on the fritz, so dress accordingly as you travel.
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