Al Tayer says the first train will arrive in Dubai in November, with the final set due for delivery in November 2019.

As leader of the ExpoLink consortium, Alstom is supplying 15 driverless trains for the Route 2020 project, which involves building a 15km branch from Nakheel Harbour and Tower station on the Red Line to the Expo 2020 exhibition site in Jebel Ali, and 35 sets to supplement the existing fleet of 79 trains, which were built by Kinki Sharyo for the first phase of the network.

While the interior and exterior design identity of the original trains is retained, the Alstom trains feature a number of improvements, including redesigned grab handles, lighting, and passenger information systems. The trains will be equipped with LED dynamic route maps, and the luggage area has been redesigned to make it suitable for standing passengers.

Women and children class is extended to an entire vehicle, with Gold Class occupying part of one of the outer cars. Seating will be transverse in Gold Class and longitudinal through the rest of the train.

According to RTA, the Alstom trains will accommodate 696 passengers, compared with 643 passengers for the existing trains.