On Wednesday, the City of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the award of  AED0.6 billion ($2.88bn) contract to a French Alstom consortium, to

expand the city’s metro system. The consortium, led by French multinational Alstom, includes Spanish Acciona and Turkish Gulermack, is tasked with extending the subway route to reach the Expo 2020 site.

Meanwhile, Expo 2020 is a trade exhibition that Dubai is projected to bolster the number of visitors to the emirate by 2020. The Working of the route is expected to begin in May 2020, few months before the opening of the Expo event, later in October.

The Route 2020, will include two underground and three elevated stations. The project has four metro station designs to be adapted from, based on the discretion of the Ruler of Dubai/Prime Minister of the UAE, His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Route 2020, is a 15-kilometre section of the Red Line from Tower Station and Nakheel Harbour to the world expo site. The route will serve the Expo site and some of Dubai's important locations with a high population. It will also serve the Al Maktoum International Airport, which is about 6km from the expo site. Trial runs of the route are expected to commence towards the end of 2019.

Route 2020 will get to several new areas in Dubai, including the Dubai Investment Park, Discovery Gardens, Furjan, and Jumeirah Golf Estates. It will have a capacity of about 46,000 travellers every hour. This route will boost economic activities in the MENA region.

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