Will it make commuting to work easier? Will it reduce traffic woes? Nevertheless, it has a great amount of novelty factor to it.
Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also the Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, launched the first tram from Al Sufouh depot on Tuesday November 11.
Sheikh Hamdan along with other senior officials, embarked upon the first run. The trams were thrown open public service from 6.30am on Wednesday November 12, with a trip every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 12 minutes during non-peak hours.
The Dubai Tram Service with a 10.6 kms network has 11 stations as it runs through the areas of Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence while also serving Dubai Media City, Knowledge Village and Palm Jumeirah.
With one Gold cabin, four Silver cabins and two cabins for women and children, each tram can accommodate405 passengers.
Officials expect about 27,000 people to take the tram daily. Once the scheduled expansion plans of adding another four kilometres and six more stations is completed in 2016, the number of commuters is expected to touch 66,000 daily.
- Silver Class Trip will cost AED3 irrespective of the distance travelled
- Gold Class fare: AED6
- Payment through Unified Automated Fare Collection System, Nol
- 35 drivers on board
- Timings: 6:30 am to 1:30 am on weekdays
- Friday Timings: 9: am to 1:30 am
Interestingly, Dubai Tram is the first one outside Europe which is powered by ground-based electric cables.
- First tram to use platform screen doors that synchronise with the tram doors for added safety
- First to offer air-conditioned stations
- First to offer different cabin classes similar to that of the Dubai Metro
[INFOGRAPHIC] Dubai Tram Connecting the City