Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is scheduled to open three more stations on Dubai Metro’s Red line on 15 May.

The stations that will open include GGICO in Garhoud, World Trade Centre and Noor Islamic Bank station in Al-Quoz.

The RTA opened seven stations on the Red Line at the end of April. These stations included Emirates Airlines, Airport Terminal 1, Al-Karama, Emirates Towers, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Marina and Ibn Battuta stations.

The remaining eight stations on the Red line will be opened throughout the rest of the year.

The RTA is aiming to transport a total of 35 million passengers by the end of 2010. Since it opened in September 2009, the Red line has carried nearly 14 million people.

Former head of the rail agency at the RTA Abdul Majid al-Khaja resigned from his position in March (MEED 29:3:10). Adnan Ahmed al-Hammadi has since replaced him as acting head of the rail agency.

The opening of Dubai metro’s Green line has also been delayed by more than a year due to a change in the design. The 23-kilometre Green line was scheduled to open in the second half of 2010, but now is delayed to August 2011.