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UAE: Metro and tram ridership trends in Dubai [free access]

December 1, 2021

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) operates the Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram systems.

 

The metro network comprises two lines (Red and Green), which together span 90 km and cover 54 stations. It is the longest fully automated driverless metro system in the world.

 

Metro ridership was fairly stable between 2017 and 2019. There was a steep decline of 44 per cent in 2020 compared to the previous year.

 

Table 1 provides information about metro ridership on different lines during 2016–2020.

 

Table 1: Annual metro ridership during 2016–2020

 

Ridership (million passengers)

Year

Red Line

Green Line

Total

2020

74.45

39.17

113.62

2019

132.36

70.61

202.97

2018

132.38

72.01

204.39

2017

128.54

72.21

200.75

2016

121.62

69.71

191.33

Source: Dubai RTA

 

Figure 1 provides information about metro ridership on different lines during 2016–2020.

 

Figure 1: Annual metro ridership during 2016–2020 (million passengers)

Source: Dubai RTA

 

The Dubai Tram system comprises one line, which spans 10.6 km from the Dubai Marina to the tram depot near Dubai Police Academy, covering 11 stations. At present, the agency has a fleet of 11 tramcars with seven cabins.

 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the overall tram ridership in 2020 fell by almost half as compared to 2019. The Dubai Maria station was the busiest station on the line, hosting 1.31 million passengers in 2021, compared to 2019 (2.30 million passengers). The 2021 figure was significantly lower than the 2019 figure.

 

Table 2 provides information about the ridership trends on the Dubai Tram network for the period 2016–2020.

 

Table 2: Annual tram ridership during 2016–2020

Year

Ridership (million passengers)

2020

3.65

2019

6.5

2018

6.39

2017

6.23

2016

5.37

Source: Dubai RTA

 

Figure 2 provides information about tram ridership during 2016–2020.

 

Figure 2: Annual tram ridership during 2016–2020 (million passengers)


Source: Dubai RTA