UAE rain: Dubai Metro partially closed for maintenance, only few stations open

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Commuters wait outside the Dubai Metro station in Al Rigga in Dubai on April 17, 2024. EXPAT MEDIA

The Dubai Metro was partially closed for maintenance on Wednesday (April 17) after rains pummeled Dubai and flooded roads, and buildings, including some metro stations.

According to the Roads and Transportation Authority (RTA), maintenance work is ongoing on the Red and Green Lines, which affects metro stations and train timings.

As of 10:30am, the Roads and Transportation Authority (RTA) announced that only the Dubai Metro is currently operating the Red line from Centrepoint Station to GGICO Station, from BurJuman Station to World Trade Centre Station, and from Jebal Ali Station to Expo 2020 Station.

Public bus service has been provided to the affected stations, according to the RTA.

At Al Rigga Metro stations, hundreds of commuters were stranded as of 7:30am when the metro station was closed, a resident told Expat Media.

“We were told that they were cleaning the railway due to the floods,” Jan (full name withheld) told Expat Media, “There are also no taxis and buses.”

As of 12:30pm, the RTA also announced that Dubai Tram services were “operating according to its regular schedule”. This follows disruptions in public transport services across Dubai due to heavy rain and floods.

On Tuesday (April 16), Dubai Metro services were still running despite the downpour, with the RTA announcing that it planned to extend metro hours until 3am. However, waterlogged streets made it difficult for commuters as well as buses to reach the stations, some of which were eventually flooded by 5pm. ICA/Expat Media

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