The first tram in the Middle East officially opens today in Dubai and will be available for the general public tomorrow.
Completely run by an underground power source, the first phase of the Dubai Tram is ready for operation linking it with Dubai Metro in Damac Properties and JLT stations.
Roads Transport and Authority (RTA) will be servicing from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Saturday to Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Fridays.
RTA Chief Executive Officer said that the operation hours convene the transportation requirements of the community. “Fixing the tram service hours was geared towards meeting the needs of the public and responding to their daily transit patterns, particularly as the tram serves densely populated areas, offering commuter service from and to places of work, besides serving tourist attractions in the Emirate thus appeals to a whole host of community segments”, RTA CEO quoted on press statements.
The 10.6km-long route stretches along Al Sufouh Road and consists of 11 stations – JBR 1, JBR 2, JLT, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Marina Towers, Mina Siyahi, Dubai Media City, The Palm Jumeirah, Knowledge Village and Safouh.
About seven carriages consisting of gold, silver, woman and children cabins with a total of 405 passengers each tram have. It is the first tram system in the world to be equipped with platform screen doors provided with air-conditioned stations.
Dubai tram can reach a maximum speed of 50km/h and RTA is positive about attracting 27,000 passengers per day in 2015 and 66,000 in 2020.
RTA said safety along the network is supreme and that the office and Dubai Police have allotted between 10 to 15 extra safety features. Barriers were built on both sides of the tram; intersections were elevated from the road level and controlled by traffic signals. A warning sound will alert pedestrians that the tram is coming.