By Aya Lowe, Staff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai : Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has announced the opening of the Burj Dubai tomorrow will coincide with the opening of the Burj Dubai Metro station.
From tomorrow the RTA will officially operate the Burj Dubai Metro station to mark the fourth anniversary of the accession of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as Ruler of Dubai and the opening of the world’s tallest tower.
The Burj Dubai station is elevated with the concourse and platform situated at a higher level than the elevated Metro track. The station, 132 metres long and 29 metres wide. has a capacity to handle 11,000 passengers per hour per direction and has two entry points fitted with escalators and lifts.
The station is expected to be used by about 10,000 passengers a day on weekdays and rise on weekends and holidays to 19,000, according to Al Tayer.
The Burj Dubai station will mainly serve the Downtown Burj Dubai district which spans an area of 45 million square feet. It encompasses residential, commercial, and recreational units, including the Burj Dubai, Dubai Mall, 30,000 residential units, nine hotels, 19 residential towers, and a boulevard which spans 3.5 kilometres in length. Residents living on the other side of the road in Jumeirah 2 will also have easy access to the station.
To feed the station, RTA has deployed 11 buses operating on two routes. Six buses will operate on Route F13 at a 10-minute interval linking Burj Dubai station with Burj Dubai area; which includes Dubai Mall, The Palace and The Address hotels, The Boulevard and other locations in the area.
Route F16 has five buses operating at 10-minute intervals to link the Burj Dubai station with Jumeirah 2. Buses start at the station and pass at Mazaya Centre, Al Wasl and Al Uruba Road before heading back to the Metro.