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Money transfer company UAE Exchange, owned by Indian-born billionaire Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty, is the latest to sign a deal to name a Dubai Metro station.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) has joined the Dubai Metro corporate bandwagon, allowing Karama station on the Red Line to be named after this flagship financial institution.
The two entities have thus become integral parts of the development drive the RTA is seeking to realize on the ground through the Metro project, which has contributed immensely in transforming the concept of cooperation between partners to go beyond the traditional sponsorship and branding to a deeper level of holistic brand/business integration and partnership.
The metro will start at 1pm on Fridays – an hour earlier than the current 2pm start – until midnight and will run for an extra hour on Thursdays until midnight. The new timings will come into place on October 15 to coincide with the opening of five new Red Line stations: Nakheel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Sharaf DG, First Gulf Bank and Business Bay.
Just five months after adding 10 new stations to the previously operating number of 11, the RTA is gearing up to open five strategically located stops this Friday. Supported by 28 new feeder buses on 6 new routes, the five stations — Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Nakheel, Sharaf DG, First Gulf Bank and Business Bay — are seen as additional gateways to their surrounding neighbourhoods already catered by a station nearby.
The operating times for Dubai Metro are to be extended by up to one hour, from October 15, but only on Thursdays and Fridays. "Now passengers will be able to use the metro from 6am to 12pm on Thursdays and from 1pm to 12am on Fridays," said Adnan Al Hammadi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Rail Agency of Dubai Roads and Transport (RTA). Currently, the trains run from 6am to11pm from Saturday to Thursday and from 2pm to 12am on Fridays.
RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director confirmed that the new stations were ready to receive passengers. “22 trains will be deployed during peak time and 16 trains will be in operation during off-peak time, and the service frequency (headway) will be 6 minutes during peak time and 8 minutes during off-peak time. RTA has carried out site surveys covering the neighbourhood of all stations to be opened shortly and accordingly opened new bus routes to feed the metro stations. 28 buses are being deployed to link the metro stations with the surrounding areas and the service is set to run at 13-20 minutes frequency,” he elaborated.
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