The Dubai Tram aka Al Sufouh Tramway will be the newest way to get around Dubai in 2014. Here's what you need to know about it
What will it be like inside the Dubai Tram?
Each tram will measure 44mtrs in length and have a capacity to carry about 300 passengers. They will have a First Class (Gold Suite) section and one cabin designated for women and children. Stations will be fitted with platform screen doors separating the tram carriages from the passenger’s terminal. All stations will have central air-conditioning systems, automated fare collect machines and surveillance systems.
Where can you travel to?
The tram is expected to run 14.5 kilometres along Al Sufouh Road from Dubai Marina to the Burj Al Arab and Mall of the Emirates. The tramway will interchange with three stations of Dubai Metro’s Redline and connect with the monorail of the Palm Jumeirah.
How many tram stations will there be?
There are 19 stations planned, with 13 opening as part of phase one.
How many passengers are expected to use the tram?
27,000 a day
When will the Dubai Tram ready?
In 2013, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum revealed designs for the interiors of the trams and stations and promised that the tempo of the development would be upped so they are expected to be ready by November 2014.
Who is building it?
The RTA has been signed to a 75-month contract for Dhs105 million with Serco to recruit, train employees and manage daily operations. Along with this, they have also signed a maintenance contract with the tram project contractor Alstom-Besix consortium for 13 years, which could be extended for another five years.
Will it be safe on the roads?
The RTA will also be setting up a pedestrian-friendly fence throughout the tramway to avoid accidents, and signalised crossings will be close to all of the tram stations.
Has there been a practice run?
The tram cars have been tested, and luckily everything was successful.
Which are some of the hotspots the tram will travel to?
*Dubai Marina Mall
*The Palm Jumeirah