x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Dubai Metro alters train times before new stations open

The Dubai Metro has changed the scheduling of services ahead of Friday's opening of five new stations.

The timings of the Dubai Metro’s operations have been altered ahead of the opening of five stations on Friday, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said. 

The system will begin service an hour earlier every Friday and will run from 1pm to midnight and will run from 6am to midnight every Thursday instead of closing at 11pm. 

Operating hours Saturday to Wednesday will remain unchanged at 6am to 11pm. 

The stoppage time of trains in stations will also be curtailed to 20 seconds from 30 seconds from October 15. 

Adnan al Hamadi, the chief executive of the RTA rail agency, said the changes were made in response to requests from commuters. 

The five stations set to open include Nakheel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Sharaf DG, First Gulf Bank and Business Bay.