What fascinates me with Dubai is that they have to be the first, tallest, biggest and most expensive. First they constructed the tallest building in the world, then they have to build the biggest mall (please correct me if I’m wrong if it’s still the biggest), lots of luxury cars and now the First Tram in the Gulf Region at a cost of $1.2 Billion.
Dubai Tram Phase One, a 10-kilometer (six-mile) light rail system ,was built by French and Belgian Companies and was inaugurated on November 11, 2014.
I have not been able to test the Tram but I will definitely try it before I leave Dubai this week.
Here are some information about the Dubai Tram Phase One:
Trams loop around Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence and then head off down to Al Sufouh Road into Al Sufouh passing Dubai Media City, the Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Pearl, and Dubai Knowledge Village.
– Timings and Operating Hours
The Dubai Tram operates Saturday to Thursday from 6:30 am to 1:30 am (the next day). Hours on Fridays are from 9 am to 1:30 am (the next day). There is only a 10 minute interval (12 minute at off-peak hours) between trams.
– Public Transport Connectivity:
Dubai Tram will connect with Dubai Metro at 2 stations – Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers. It will link with the Palm Jumeirah Monorail at Al Sufouh Street.
Each Dubai Tram station will be within walking distance of the nearest bus stop.
– The Stations
There will be 11 stations in the first phase, starting from Dubai Marina and ending at Al Sufouh.
Dubai Tram stations are designed to be in harmony with Dubai Metro stations, reflecting the region’s art and ethnic heritage but set in an urban context. There will be 5 different styles, either at ground level or elevated, at roadside or at the median.
Each station platform, measuring 45 meters, will be fitted with Platform Screen Doors separating the Dubai Tram cabins from the passengers’ terminal.
The station platform capacity ranges between 270 passengers per lateral platform and 370 passengers per central platform.
Payment is by Nol Card, the same system used to pay for trips on the Dubai Metro.
The prices for single trip travel are as follows (these are the prices from 11 November 2014):
|Ticket Type||1 Zone or <3km 2 zones||2 Zones||3+ Zones|
|Standard Adult Ticket (Red)||4 AED||6 AED||8.50 AED|
|Pre-paid Standard Adult Ticket (Silver Nol)||3 AED||5 AED||7.50 AED|
|Concessionary (Blue Nol Card)||1.50 AED||2.50 AED||3.75 AED|
|Gold Class (Red Ticket)||8 AED||12 AED||17 AED|
|Gold Class Pre-Paid||6 AED||10 AED||15 AED|
Other types of passes are as follows:
|Ticket Type||1 Zone||2 Zones||All Zones|
|Annual Silver Class||1,060 AED||1,770 AED||2,670 AED|
|Quarterly Silver Class||330 AED||550 AED||830 AED|
|Monthly Silver Class||140 AED||230 AED||350 AED|
|Weekly Silver Class||50 AED||80 AED||110 AED|
|Daily Silver Class||20 AED|
|Annual Gold Class||2,120 AED||3,540 AED||5,340 AED|
|Quarterly Gold Class||660 AED||1,100 AED||1,660 AED|
|Monthly Gold Class||280 AED||460 AED||700 AED|
|Weekly Gold Class||100 AED||160 AED||220 AED|
|Daily Gold Class||40 AED|
Each Dubai Tram will have 7 cabins and each cabin measures 3.5 meters in height and 44 meters in length. There will be a total of 11 Dubai Trams running in Phase1.
Each tram has 3 classes of cabins: Gold, Silver and Women & Children.
– Special Needs Facilities
Dubai Trams have allocated spaces for passengers using wheelchairs or mobility aids. These areas are marked with a wheelchair symbol. For passengers using wheelchairs or mobility aids, there is also a specially marked call button that allows these passengers extra time to enter or exit the Dubai Tram.
– Eco- Friendly
All Dubai Trams will be powered by electricity to reduce fumes from daily traffic jams right outside your building, making it the faster, reliable and most eco-friendly way to get around.
– Video Impression
Here is an video created by The Emirates Development Network showing the al Sufouh Tram running along between the marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence.
Information and featured image was from www.RTA.ae