The United Arab Emirates city of Dubai is improving all the time. They have been working to improve its railway transit public transportation for some time now. Recently, the government worked with IBM to create a new traffic management system that will help reduce commute times.

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This is just one of three ways that the city is improving its public transportations. The other two are reducing parking fees and making it easier for people who live in high-rise buildings to find an affordable place to park. With all these improvements, residents can expect better access and less congestion on the roads as well as cheaper and more accessible parking lots.

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Dubai Public Transportation is Impressive

Dubai is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city of Dubai got some 863,000 with some 2.3 million in the entire Dubai Emirate and without public transportation, the city wouldn’t be the same. So Dubai’s government has been improving the system a lot which is important for the city as it can be hard to know where to go and what to do when you visit for the first time.

Dubai is a huge city and having a public transportation system improves moving around it without a car. That’s why I created this news item with the 3 most important improvements that Dubai has been doing lately.

This guide has all information about Dubai public transportation that will help you have an amazing trip there.

#1 Metro makes Dubai more Colourful

The 3 colorful metro lines in Dubai are one of the biggest achievements for the town. It is a fantastic way to get around the city. The trains run on this red, blue, and orange colored track which makes for an interesting experience. Metro stations were designed to have four different themes: earth, water, air, and fire.

Each of the 87 driverless trains that are driven by Thales operating system runs comprises five cars. It is however important to inform that the first car is divided into first-class (Gold Class) and a section reserved for women and children. So be aware of this.

Red Metro line was Dubai introduced in 2009

The Red Metro Line in Dubai was completed to the public on September 9th, 2009 and since then been improved a lot. The introduction of Metro in Dubai was to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and offer a more comfortable commute for thousands of people every day.

The project was initially announced back in 2003 with construction beginning in 2005. It’s one of many projects that have been implemented by the emirate since last years, such as the expansion of Al Maktoum International Airport and Expo 2020 site development. With this new addition, there are now three lines that cover over 130 kilometers (80 miles) around the city with plans to extend it even further.

With the Red line you reach the Green line and the Tram line. You also reach the Monorail to Atlantis Aquaventure artificial island. It is also this line that takes you to the Dubai Airport.

The Green Line is a 21.3km line that serves the more remote parts of Dubai

Were you excited to see the Green Line open in Dubai? I was as it improved the city center. This happened On September 9th, 2011. Then the Dubai metro’s Green Line was officially opened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with passenger services scheduled to start the following day.

This improves a lot for people in Dubai as this 23-kilometer Green express metro service connects some villages within Dubai to its main hub city on Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard with several stations along the way including one just outside Deria Village which has already been approved for development into an Expo Center primed for hosting global events alongside it being home to over 200 000 residents looking forward to their future developments!

Khalid Bin Al Waleed and Union Square connect the green line with the red line. The red line in Dubai connects several districts and the Dubai Airport.

Expo 2020 Line Opened in 2021

The Expo 2020 Metro which opened its route on 1st of January 2021 unveiled its new railcar prototype at the World Future Energy Summit. It’s a high-speed, driverless electric mobility system that is funded by the government of Dubai and is set to be completed in time for the expo.

The trains will have six carriages and can transport up to 300 passengers each. They were designed with sustainability in mind, so they use solar panels on top of each carriage to power themselves through most journeys. With expected durability of 25 years per carriage, there are plans for 210 cars that will cover 250 kilometers (155 miles) around Dubai City Centre as well as linking other parts of the city such as Al Mak.

This line is part of the Red Metro line in Dubai. It diverts from the Red line at the Jabal Ali station. The line is 13.4-kilometer long. A must-visit.

The Metro map stations and Zones in Dubai

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Read about all the fares for Metro, Tram, and Monorail below!

#2 Dubai Tram is built to coup with the Heat

The first phase of the Dubai Tram opened on the 11th of November 2014. Passengers can travel on its 14.6km stretch of track to attractions such as the Mall of the Emirates and Etisalat (Dubai Silicon Oasis). The new tram line that can coup with strong heat runs parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road for much of its length, and passengers won’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic as there are grade-separated crossings at all major intersections so trams never need to stop for any other commuters.

Taking the tram in Dubai is a great way to see the city. The entire service got air-conditioned. At the stations and inside the trams.

How to reach the tram service in Dubai?

The Dubai Tram can be reached at Jumeirah Lake Towers and Damac stations with the Red Metro line. In the future, the tram is planned to reach the Mall of the Emirates station too.

It is the perfect way to get around this amazing city. It’s a quick, easy, and fun way to see all the sights without the need to find a parking place. Hop on board at any of its stops or take advantage of its free wifi while you ride too. The tram line in Dubai will take you from one end of the city to another in just 20 minutes. It also connects with the famous palm-tree island monorail.

With so many stops along the route, it’s easy to plan your day ahead by hopping off when something catches your eye and then getting back on later if there are other attractions that interest you more. This is the privilege you get when taking a tram in any city.

#3 Dubai Monorail to Atlantis is a Sight you will never Forget

The world’s first monorail was built in 1825. It ran on coal power, weighed 337 tons, and could carry up to 60 passengers at a time. Today, the concept of trains has undergone significant change with new-age monorails like the one in Dubai. It does its job as it creates a bridge to Atlantis Island.

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If you didn’t know. Atlantis Island is one of the landmarks clearly visible from space. In the picture above you can see the Atlantis hotel. The whole island is a remarkable achievement by humankind.

The Dubai Monorail stops at the Atlantis resort, giving tourists access to one of the most iconic hotels in the world. This is a big move for public transportation in Dubai and does allow travelers greater flexibility when visiting attractions on Atlantis. As part of this new partnership with Atlantis, visitors can take their return shuttle bus from the monorail station directly into the hotel’s private terminal.

“This is our latest step in ensuring that guests who visit us are well taken care of,…”

Kieran Lynagh, general manager at Atlantis Aquaventure Resort Dubai

How to reach the Monorail in Dubai?

  • Take the Red Metro line to Damac tram station
  • Then take the tram to Palm Jumeirah station
  • Walk to the Gateway station

Top attractions on the Monorail route in Dubai

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1. Al Ittihad Park

This is a green oasis in the heart of Palm Jumeirah, is home to over 100 types of trees and plants local to the UAE.

2. Palm West Beach

Here you can get swept away at Palm West Beach. It is the best public beach in Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.

3. The Palm Fountain

The Palm Fountain will surely take your breath away. It elevates your elevate your senses with the spectacular shows and breathtaking views overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The Palm Fountain has achieved the Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest fountain ever created by man.

4. Nakheel Mall

Enjoy a world of the best brand stores from around the globe at Nakheel Mall. Visitors can enjoy shopping

5. The View of The Palm island

Enjoy astonishing 360° views of The Palm, the Arabian Gulf, and the Dubai skyline by visiting The View at The Palm. Towering 240 meters above the world-famous Palm Jumeirah, this public observation deck offers visitors a chance to experience the island like never before.

6. Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

The station for the Monorail is located right by the entrance to the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. You can’t miss it. Here you can Explore Dubai’s largest aquarium, meet friendly marine mammals at Dolphin Bay and Sea Lion Point including of a range of amazing water activities like snorkeling and diving.

These are just some of the attractions.

Costs of Riding the Metro, Tram and Monorail in Dubai






4 AED (0.94 EURO)

4 AED (0.94 EURO)

20 AED (4.70 EURO)


3 (180 min)

3 (180 min)


For riding the Metro and the Tram in Dubai. Passengers must obtain a Nol Card to ride the tram. The Nol Card card can be purchased at one of the tram or Metro stations. The Gold tickets are for the 1st Class part of the Metro trains. The Monorail got its own pricing.

If you want to ride for 2 Zones it is 6 AED (1.41 EURO). Then for 3 Zones or more, the price is 8.50 AED (2 EUROS).

Tickets to ride the Palm Jumeirah Monorail should be included in the overall public transportation fare system in Dubai but is not. It is fairly expensive compared to the cost of riding the Dubai Metro or the Dubai Tram. A one-way ticket currently costs 20 AED (4.70 Euro). A return ticket costs 30 AED (7.05 Euro). Children under 90 cm however ride free.

A tip for the Monorail is to go for Day Pass With Unlimited Rides For 35 AED (8.23 EURO). But this can’t be bought online. Check all the prices here.

Map of Dubai

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