Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has said that it will rename five Dubai Metro stations.
Al Fahidi Metro Station on the Green Line will be renamed as Sharaf DG Metro Station. The four other stations to be rebranded are all along the Red Line and include First Abu Dhabi Bank will now be known as Umm Al Sheef, Noor Bank will be renamed to Al Safa, Damac to Dubai Marina, and Nakheel to Al Khail.
The RTA launched the Dubai Metro stations naming rights initiative in 2009 which has seen several partners over the years including Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Centre of Majid Al Futtaim Group.
It sees station's interiors updated as new sponsors come on board.
Hasan Al-Mutawa, director of Rail Operation, Rail Agency, RTA says: “RTA embarked on a plan starting on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 and continuing up to the first week of February 2021 to finalise the renaming of five metro stations. The process involves updating names on the external signs and the smart and E-Systems of the public transport network as well as the voice notice onboard the Metro trains.”
KCA International designed the interiors of the Dubai Metro before its launch in 2008. The company was chosen due to its experience in designing the interiors of the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah.
Stations were based on the four elements - earth, water, air and fire - and the shell-shaped roof of the stations designed to reflect Dubai's pearl diving heritage