If I say the most renamed metro station in the history of Dubai metro is the Equiti metro station, then it would not be wrong. Therefore, anyone who is going to travel through the metro must know the history of the names to avoid any confusion.
Equiti station is one of the great central hubs located on Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz Dubai. The station serves the areas of Al Quoz and Umm Al Shief on the Red Line of Dubai Metro. The former names for the station since it was opened include First Gulf Bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Umm Al Sheif, and the recent Equiti.
In this post, I will provide my readers with enough knowledge about why they should use the metro station service Al Quoz and Umm Al Sheif. What type of amenities and facilities are waiting for them? Moreover, visiting Dubai either by means of the metro or any other source enforces commuters to visit various attractions. I will share what attractions I have seen during my excursion and what unique things I explored.
Equiti Metro Station – A Brief Introduction
Since the date of its establishment to till now, approximately four names are given to the Equiti Metro Station. Likewise, many tourists will be surprised why there are sudden modifications but it all depends on certain reasons. The station was first opened to the public with the very initial name First Gulf bank metro Station on October 15, 2011.
Later on September 21, 2017, the station’s name became First Abu Dhabi Bank. But on November 24, 2020, it was renamed Umm Al Sheif to serve this area. However, a modification to the name was done on April 18, 2022, to Equiti metro station until 2023 due to the Equiti Group (brokerage Service Provider).
|Location||Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz, Dubai|
|Prior station||Mall of Emirates metro station|
|Subsequent station||Al Safa metro station|
|Dubai Tram connection||No|
|Previous name||First Gulf bank, First Abu Dhabi bank, and Umm Al Sheif|
|Opening Date||October 15, 2010|
How ideally Equiti Station serves different areas – Location & Map
Traveling through the Equiti metro station clearly defines how perfectly the station is serving the nearby areas. Passengers along with Dubai residents as well as tourists can have quick money transfers from the nearby First Abu Dhabi Bank. Other famous locations which I found near the station include the General Traffic Department and Al Barsha Area.
Absolutely, there were too many things to explore in Al Barsha too like the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai, and Dubai Miracle Garden . Don’t miss out on visiting such places that you find in the nearby areas of various metro stations. However, it becomes easy to explore different places if you have a location and map. Moreover, Al Quoz and Umm Al Sheif absolutely contain a lot of things for visitors to see. Therefore, check out the exact location of the metro station given below;
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Analyze the Schematic Map for different Metros
People often get confused while traveling through Dubai metro about how different metro stations are connected. For instance, the Equiti station is located on the Red Line with the Adjacent Mall of the Emirates metro station. I get confused about how to check how the two stations are connected and how I can approach the Mall of the Emirates by using the metro station.
That is why I am trying to sort out such problems and give the solution in the form of a schematic map. This map tells how different stations are connected with each on both Red Lines and Green Lines depending on which station you are.
Here is the schematic map for my readers to give them a complete guide to finding different metro stations on the Red Line.
Train Schedules for Equiti Station – Operating Times
Checking the operating times for the arrival and departure of trains is very much essential as the first-time user of Dubai Metro may miss the train. The most convenient way I prefer to use during my visit was to install the RTA (Road & Transport Authority) app on my smartphone.
The reason is that the app provides information for other transport services too like metro buses, Taxis, etc. Moreover, any type of update in the train arrival and departure for different metro stations is done instantly by this app.
But still, I would like to mention here the train schedules for a complete week in the form of a table;
|Week Days||Train Time Schedules|
|Monday to Thursday||05:00 AM – 12:00 AM (Midnight)|
|Friday||05:00 AM – 01:00 AM (Next day)|
|Saturday||05:00 AM – 12:00 AM (Midnight)|
|Sunday||08:00 AM -12:00 AM (Midnight)|
Since the weekend in Dubai starts on Friday, therefore, many people want to hang out on Friday night. As a result, they can use the metro to return home as it provides service till 1:00 AM.
Top-Notch Facilities and Exceptional Amenities
If you are traveling through the metro and not analyzing the amenities and facilities as they look, then your way of examining is totally failed. I am feeling much excited to discuss the facilities of the former Umm Al Sheif metro station given below;
Real-Time Screen Display – Those who don’t know when their train will come can use the real-time screen display installed in the stations.
Vending Machines/ Ticket Boxes – Buying a ticket is the most important step for traveling in the metro. Therefore, using the vending machines or accessing the ticket offices is easy for commuters. You may also use a Nol Card for traveling in various zones. But don’t forget to recharge your Nol Card.
Zoom Store – Enjoying the trip by eating snacks and having drinks is just unimaginable. Therefore, there is a retail outlet in the form of a Zoom Store from where commuters can buy anything they want to eat.
Wheel-Chair Friendly Platforms – Like all other metro stations, Equiti station is also wheel-chair friendly. It provides the facilities of lifts, elevators, and escalators to commuters including disabled persons too.
High-Speed WiFi & Security – You can easily use the high-speed Wifi if you are waiting for your train. Moreover, there are high surveillance cameras in the station ensuring the security of the passengers.
By moving to the adjacent station Al Safa , you can check out all these facilities there too. Merely the locations and the direction of your travel will matter. You can use the Metro bridge if you want to approach the nearby buildings of the station.
Breathtaking Attractions near the Equiti
My main purpose for visiting Dubai was to explore different attractions by means of metro stations. Therefore, I would like to share what I explore in the vicinity of the former Umm Al Sheif Metro Station.
Gold & Diamond Park – Best Place for Shopping
Although Dubai contains the best Jewelry Shops , Gold & Diamond Park is a famous shopping mall. It has been providing services since 2011 and is very close to the metro station.
|Location||Sheikh Zayed Rd, Al Quoz Industrial Area 3, Dubai|
|Website||Gold and Diamond Park|
Not only visitors can take the quality jewelry here but also a lot of facilities are available. For instance, families can use the facility of baby carriages, transport systems, and prayer areas. There is a car parking area for about 800 cars and visitors may also use Al Ghubaiba and Al Quoz.
Al Furqan Mosque – Umm Al Sheif Area
Since Dubai is an Islamic region, therefore, visiting the mosque is the most common thing while visiting Dubai. The amazing architecture of the mosque makes it worth seeing an attraction near the metro station. Muslim in the nearby regions can easily approach the mosque during the Salah times.
|Location||Umm Al Sheif, Dubai|
Don’t skip the chance of seeing the elegance and beauty of the mosque. You can find the mosque within 500 meters of the station. It is very easy to visit the mosque in only 6 minutes if you are at the metro station.
Tune into the major local destinations of the Dubai Emirate by traveling through the Equiti metro station. You may also explore the nearby restaurants to relish the mouth-watering cuisines. The well-maintained amenities of the station enforces individuals to use the metro station to approach different areas. Therefore, save your budget and don’t miss out on the incredible journey through the metro.
Significant Queries to Know about the Equiti Metro Station
Which areas are mainly served by the Equiti Metro Station?
The Equiti metro station is located in such an ideal place that it covers the areas of Al Quoz and Umm Al Sheif. Al Quoza is located only at a distance of 9 kilometers which can be approached only in 11 minutes.
How do I go from Umm Al Sheif to the Mall of the Emirates metro station?
Since the Umm Al Shelf station has the Mall of Emirates as an adjacent station. You can easily approach it in 5 minutes via Al Wasl Road/D92.
When will the name of Equiti station be replaced?
The station was first opened to the public on October 15, 2010, and was known as the First Gulf Bank metro station. On September 21, 2017, it switched to First Abu Dhabi Bank. Again the name was changed to Umm Al Sheif on November 24, 2020, but it’s recent name is Equiti replaced on April 18, 2022.
What famous attractions are found in the Al Quoz area?
If you are traveling by Equiti station, don’t miss out on the attractions of Al Quoz. It includes OliOli- A must-visit Children’s Play museum, GymNation Al Quoz, Gold & Diamond Park, and Alserkal Avenue.
Does the former Umm Al Sheif station have connections to other travel options?
Passengers can use various feeder buses to visit different areas of the city. For instance, the major one includes F25 and F26 which takes commuters to various areas of Al Quoz.