RTA announces extended opening hours for Dubai Metro

25/08/2011 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
RTA announces extended opening hours for Dubai Metro

Transport around Dubai will become even easier in the coming months after the emirate's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that it will be extending the hours of the Metro. This will see the Metro run for another hour on all days, staying open until midnight on weekdays and 1am at weekends. Changes to the schedule are due to take place on September 9th and are to coincide with the introduction of the Green Line, Gulf News reports. Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA, told the news provider that residents and visitors will see an improvement. "The decision to extend the metro operational hours is synchronised with RTA preparations for the launch of the metro Green Line on September 9th, as this line will serve vital areas with high population density and malls visited by citizens, residents and visitors," he explained. The RDA announced earlier this week that passenger numbers in the emirate are set to double, but that the Green Line should help Dubai cope.