The Dubai Al Sufouh Tram Project – the first tram services to operate in the Middle-east region to begin operations in November 2014
The Al Sufouh Tram Project is one of Dubai’s most highly awaited infrastructural developments. According to the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority), the project is expected to kick-start operations from November 2014, marking a unique success story for the Middle-eastern region.
The tram line spans almost 14 kilometres and connects the Mall of Emirates and Madinat Jumeirah with the Jumeirah Beach Residence and Dubai Marina. Ever since the project was proposed, there has been an overwhelming unanimity about its numerous advantages to the people in and around the area.
The tram services, once operational, will be the first to operate in the entirety of the Middle-eastern region. There will be 11 stations between the four main connecting junctions with 11 trams operating in totality with seven cars. Each equipped with air conditioned facilities. The stations, measuring 44 metres, are too highly modernised with specific dividing doorways to provide a separating barrier between the tram cars and the platform. Aside of these facilities, the entire constructional avenue of the project features several other noteworthy elements like the utilisation of ‘ground-level power supply’ instead of overhead cables to allow for more efficiency and better safety for the pedestrian traffic.
The trams will operate at a speed of about 20 kilometers per hour and will take about six minutes to traverse one platform to another. The British group Serco will handle the operations of the tram services while the entirety of the constructional aspect was undertaken by the Alstom and Besix syndicate.
Though the project initially faced a lot of snafus, the project was brought back to track by the Dubai RTA. On account of the traffic problems that the people face, the tram services have come to be seen as a huge incentive allowing people to get better margins on their travelling time whilst also ensuring a sojourn in the tram for the interested public during holidays and weekends.