By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter
Dubai: The Metro station named after the First Gulf Bank, which won naming rights, is located right in front of the Gold and Diamond Park on Shaikh Zayed Road.
The station on the Red line will carry the name of the bank for the next 10 years under the naming rights agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The bank is a five-minute walk from the station. Next to it is the Dubai Islamic Bank.
The station will not only serve the employees and visitors to the Gold and Diamond Park but also the Dubai Police Traffic Department and the RTA’s Licensing Agency located near the Fourth Interchange on Shaikh Zayed Road.
The Gold and Diamond Park is a new destination for those who want to buy gold and diamond jewellery.
It features 118 jewellery manufacturers and 37 retail jewellery shops in a building dedicated to give a boost to the gold and diamond business in Dubai.
Passengers can use this station to visit the Dubai Courts Notary Public Office located in the Traffic Department building, in addition to the Hamdan Bin Mohammad e-University (formerly known as eTQM College), a Dubai-based pioneering electronic educational institution.
A large number of workers and other employees working in banks, car showrooms and warehouses in the Al Quoz Industrial Area-3 will be able to use the same station.
It will be the nearest Metro station for residents of the posh residential area of Umm Al Sheif, Jumeirah-3 and Umm Suqeim-3. It has been linked to the localities with a pedestrian bridge across Shaikh Zayed Road.
The feeder bus route F27 will carry passengers between the First Gulf Bank station and Umm Al Sheif, serving all the major inner roads.
Feeder bus route F28 will serve the passengers from the station to Umm Suqeim-3 once the Red line of the Dubai Metro starts operation on September 9.