Union (Dubai Metro)

Union (Arabic: اتحاد‎, Al-Ittihad, Arabic pronunciation: [alitiħaːd]) is a rapid transit station on the Green and Red Lines of the Dubai Metro in Dubai. It is one of two transfer stations between lines, the other being BurJuman. Since it began service, over 16.224 million passengers have used Union station, making it the busiest station on the network.[1]

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Union

اتحاد
Metro Station
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Internal view at the station
LocationUnion Square
Deira
 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates25°15′58″N 55°18′50″E / 25.26611°N 55.31389°E / 25.26611; 55.31389Coordinates: 25°15′58″N 55°18′50″E / 25.26611°N 55.31389°E / 25.26611; 55.31389
Operated byDubai Metro
Line(s)
Platforms4 side platforms (2 per level)
Tracks4 (2 per level)
Connections
  •  4  Union - Rashidiya
  •  11A  Gold Souq Stn. - Al Awir
  •  27  Gold Souq Stn. - The Dubai Mall
  •  53  Gold Souq Stn. - Int'l City
  •  64A  Gold Souq Stn. - Ras Al Khor, Samari Res.
  •  91A  Gold Souq Stn. - Jebel Ali Stn
  •  103  Union Stn. - Global Village
  •  C1  Airport Term. 3 - Al Satwa Stn
  •  C4  Gold Souq Stn. - Jaddaf
  •  C5  Gold Souq Stn. - Al Ghubaiba Stn
  •  C7  Abu Hail Stn. - Healthcare City
  •  C9  Al Satwa Stn. -
  •  C28  Gold Souq Stn. - Mamzar Beach Pk.
  •  E16  Al Sabkha Stn. - Hatta
  •  E303  Union Stn. - Al Jubail Stn. (Sharjah)
  •  E303A  Al Sabkha Stn. - Al Jubail Stn. (Sharjah)
  •  E400  Union Stn. - Ajman
  •  E700  Union Stn. - Fujairah
  •  X94  Gold Souq Stn. - Dubai Investment Pk. 1
Construction
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code20 (Green Line)
18 (Red Line)
Fare zone5
History
Opened9 September 2009 (2009-09-09)
Services
Preceding station   Dubai Metro   Following station
toward Creek
Green Line
toward Etisalat
toward UAE Exchange
Red Line
toward Rashidiya

HistoryEdit

Union station opened on 9 September 2009 (09-09-09) as part of the initial stretch of the Dubai Metro, with Red Line trains running from Rashidiya to Nakheel Harbour and Tower.[2] Union was one of seven intermediate stations to begin service, with additional stations on the Red Line added intermittently over the next year. Exactly two years later, the Green Line began service.[3] The area around the station is known for its extraordinary amount of stray cats.

LocationEdit

Located in Deira, Union station lies below Union Square. It is one of the closest metro stations to the central portion of Dubai Creek. As a result of its central location, nearby attractions and points of interest include numerous consulates, Dubai municipal government buildings, Al Ghuhair City Mall and Maktoum Hospital.[4] It is also close to Al Ghurair Centre, Dubai Creek, Twin Towers, and Union Square Bus Station[5] (with buses to Ajman, Fujairah, and Sharjah[6]).

Station layoutEdit

As one of two interchange points between the Green and Red Lines, Union station is one of the most complex stations of the Dubai Metro. Spanning 25,000 square metres (269,098 sq ft), it is the largest underground station in the world.[3] Both lines utilise a side platform setup with two tracks each; the Green Line tracks approach the station from the west below Al Maktoum Road and turn northwards underneath Omar Bin Al Khattab Road, while the Red Line crosses Dubai Creek and travels below Omar Bin Al Khattab Road before turning sharply eastward underneath Al Rigga Road.

GalleryEdit

Platform layoutEdit

Platform Line Towards
Red Line Platform
Rashidiya Red Line (Up) For Deira City Centre, Airport Terminal 1, Airport Terminal 3, Rashidiya
UAE Exchange Red Line (Down) For Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall, DAMAC Properties, UAE Exchange
Green Line Platform
Etisalat Green Line (Up) For Stadium, Etisalat, DAFZA
Creek Green Line (Down) For BurJuman, Creek

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dubai Metro hits 213.354m ridership Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine UAE Interact Retrieved 2012-12-31
  2. ^ Dubai Metro opens today New Civil Engineer Retrieved 2012-12-31
  3. ^ a b Sheik Mohammed inaugurates Dubai Metro Green Line open to public today Emirates 24/7 Retrieved 2012-12-31
  4. ^ Train times and landmarks Archived 2013-11-01 at the Wayback Machine RTA Retrieved 2012-12-31
  5. ^ "Dubai Metro Green Line". Dubai Online. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Union Metro Station". Dubai Online. Retrieved 23 May 2021.

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