Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority has opened the Danube Metro station, the 28th station on the Red Line of Dubai Metro, to service workers and residents of Jebel Ali Freezone Authority (JAFZA).
The freezone enclave is home to 6,800 international firms and around 170,000 people who either reside or work there, and the new station is expected to serve at least 10,000 people daily.
According to media sources, Ebrahim Al Janahi, Deputy CEO of JAFZA, said that the opening of the 2nd Metro station for JAFZA will greatly facilitate both those living in and commuting to the freezone, and that, “by using Metro, they will be contributing their bit in reducing carbon emission.”
The Jebel Ali Industrial station, which was recently renamed Danube station after the building materials firm bought the naming rights from the RTA, will open for the public on 12/12/12.
Commending Danube for their initiative in partnering with the RTA, Al Janahi added: “Danube is one of our most dynamic companies. The naming reinforces JAFZA’s deep commitment to the UAE.”
JAFZA companies together contribute more than 21% of Dubai’s GDP each year.
“I use the Dubai Metro daily, but it wasn’t easy as I had to take buses from Ibn Battuta station. Most people in Jafza using Metro face such difficulties but this station will really help all of us,” said Nancy D’Costa said in an interview with Gulf News. She works for a logistics firm which is located just a few hundred metres from the station.
As usual, RTA is planning to deploy a huge number of feeder buses along various routes, though the exact numbers were not available.
“I urge RTA to have a wide network of feeder routes inside Jafza connecting Danube station so that it is convenient for all; our offices are located a few kilometres away from the station and if they have regular feeder buses it will really help all of us,” said Ahmad Basheer, who works for a shipping firm.
The Dubai Metro rail network currently boasts a daily passenger volume of around 300,000.
The 52.1-kilometre Red Line has a total of 29 stations, with one last station, Energy, which is also located in Jebel Ali, still yet to open for service.
The much shorter Green Line, covering a total distance of 23km, boasts 20 stations including two it shares with the Red Line, namely the Burjuman and Union stations.
A total of 18 Green Line stations are currently operational, with Al Jaddaf and Creek stations to open.