THE number of metro stations in Dubai is set to more than double by 2040, rising from 55 to 140. Expansion of the metro network is part of a wider economic strategy revealed by the Executive Council of Dubai on June 30. The meeting was chaired by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, deputy prime minister, minister of finance and first deputy ruler of Dubai.

Dubai currently has 55 metro stations - 35 on the Red Line and 20 on the Green Line - as well as 11 stops on the city’s light rail network, with services operated by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Officials say the total number of stations will increase to 96, serving 140km2, by 2030, rising further to 140 stations, serving 228km2, by 2040.

According to local media, extending the metro network is seen a key part of Dubai’s vision of a “20-minute city”, which aims to increase use of public transport by 45% and reduce carbon emissions to 16 tonnes per capita.

Work is expected to start on the Dirhams 18bn ($US 4.9bn) Blue Line later this year, which will add 14 new stations and 30km to the metro network, more than half of it underground. Completion is scheduled for 2029. In May the RTA extended the deadline for bids to build the new line to July 22, after six consortia prequalified for a tender issued by the RTA at the start of this year.

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