By Asfhaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: Dubai Marina station will mainly serve the residents of newly developed residential and commercial areas unofficially called “New Dubai”.
The station has been named after Dubai Marina – one of the first freehold property developments in the emirate.
The station will serve more than 100,000 residents expected to live in around 200 skyscrapers once they are completed in Dubai Marina.
In addition to residents, thousands of visitors and tourists can also use this station to go to numerous shopping areas in the vicinity. The Marina Walk, which has dozens of restaurants and cafes, has already become a favourite spot among residents and tourists.
The location, which is just a 10 minutes walk away from the station, becomes more lively during cooler days with the opening of the Friday Market. The station will be linked with the Al Sufouh Tram project which also passes through the Marina.
It will help passengers reach the luxury beachside international hotel chains which are popular among tourists. The Marina station is strategically located on the Red line just after the Fifth Interchange on Shaikh Zayed Road while going towards Jebel Ali. The Red line of the Metro is scheduled to start operation on September 9.
Visitors to the recently opened Marina Mall can use the station. It will also serve thousands of residents of Jumeirah Lake Towers, Jumeirah Bay Towers and the Green Lakes – a fast developing area of towering residential and commercial buildings.
A feeder public bus route number F37 will also link the station with different areas of the Marina, providing hassle-free transport facilities to the residents.
A total of 79 trains will be used on the Red and the Green Lines to carry around 27,000 passengers per hour per direction once the metro is fully operational in March next year.