Guide to the Dubai Metro
The Dubai Metro is the cheapest and easiest way to see the emirate. Simply head to any Dubai Metro station, buy a ticket or Nol top-up card and enjoy the ride. Here are the must-hit metro stops in Dubai.
Arriving in Dubai: Airport Terminal 1/3
Straight off the plane, visitors who land in either terminal one or terminal three can head directly for the Metro station inside the airport. The Red Line runs either towards Rashidiya or Jebel Ali, and to get the best out of a metro tour, the Jebel Ali-bound train is perfect.
Deira City Centre
The first station that will interest tourists, this stop services the Deira City Centre Mall, which is home to some 340 shops, a cinema and a whole range of restaurants and cafes.
While the BurJuman station serves the mall of the same name and is also close to several consulates, including those of the UK, Canada and Egypt, the main reason it is important is because it is one of only two stations (the other being Union) where the Green Line can be picked up.
For those wanting to see more of the Dubai Creek area, change to the Green Line and head to Al Ras station, which is close to the Gold Souk, Spice Souk and Textile Souk as well as Dubai Creek. After an excursion on the Green Line, simply head back towards BurJuman or Union to return to the Red Line.
Now named after the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), this station is positioned a short walk away from the famous Al Karama markets. For a buzzing experience full of banter with salespeople and flavour-packed Indian street food, this is the place to be.
Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall
Undoubtedly the Metro stop with the most to offer in the way of tourist attractions, this station is linked to the Dubai Mall by the Metro Link Bridge – an 828m air-conditioned walkway with five travelators in either direction. Via the Metro Link Bridge, the famous Dubai Mall and iconic Burj Khalifa can be reached.
Mall of the Emirates
Also served by an air-conditioned walkway, the Mall of the Emirates station puts the city’s second-biggest mall, complete with indoor ski slope, within easy reach to Metro riders.
Formerly known as Dubai Marina, this station services the picturesque area of Dubai that used to give the station its name. Hop off here for beautiful views and a plethora of dining options in the scenic Dubai Marina.
Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Just one stop past the Damac Properties station, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) is an up-and-coming area of Dubai that’s full of high-rise buildings surrounding sparkling lakes. One of Dubai’s most walkable areas, it is possible to walk from JLT over the Metro Footbridge, through the Marina and down to the beach at JBR in just 15 minutes.
Perhaps the final station of interest to tourists on the Jebel Ali-bound Red Line, Ibn Battuta Metro station serves the mall of the same name. Split into six “worlds” to reflect the travels of famous adventurer Ibn Battuta, the themed mall is home to more than 275 retailers and 50 dining outlets.