Sheikh Mohammed launches next phase of Dubai’s Route 2020
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has officially launched the tunnel drilling phase of Route 2020.
For all those wondering why this is important, it is, in more ways than one.
For starters, the AED10.6 billion route will provide direct access to areas like the Discovery Gardens, Jumeriah Gold Estates and Dubai Investment Parks.
It will also see 50 new trains added to the Dubai Metro fleet. 15 of which will be used exclusively for the Expo while the remaining 35 will go to improving the overall traffic on the Dubai Metro.
Aside from ease traffic flow and connect new areas of the city, Route 2020 will also feature seven stations. Five of which will be elevated while two will be underground.
Overall, Route 2020 will extend the Dubai Metro’s Re Line by 15km from the Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station.
According to His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the drilling work is expected to be complete by December 2018 with the first of the new trains making its debut shortly after.
Previously speaking on the already iconic route, Al Tayer said: “The construction of Route 2020 Project is part of Dubai Plan 2021 for achieving sustainable development and offering world-class services.
“It is also an implementation of RTA Strategic Plan 2021 for providing mass transit systems comprising the metro, tram, buses and marine transit modes. The ultimate aim of these plans is to realise RTA’s vision of Safe & Smooth Transport for all.”
Route 2020 is just one of the many projects being developed in anticipation of Expo 2020. Some of the other projects include the already iconic Al Wasl Tower and what is soon to be one of Dubai’s smartest neighbourhoods, District 2020.