Dubai's new tram system set to launch November 11
by Andy Sambidge
Dubai's new tram will officially launch on November 11, it has been announced following the latest trial operations which were attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai.
It will be the first tramway project outside Europe to be powered by a ground-based electric supply system along the track without the need for overhead cables.
During the trial operation in Al Sufouh area, Sheikh Mohammed toured the tram depot which consists of 11 eco-friendly buildings housing 25 trams trains, a maintenance and cleaning centre, and the operation control centre.
He also took a ride on a tram and was briefed by Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), official news agency WAM reported.
The initial phase of the project consists of a 10.6km-long track starting from the Dubai Marina and stretching up to the Tram Depot near Dubai Police Academy.
The tram network will feature 17 passenger stations and a fleet of 11 trams in the initial phase. Fourteen trams will be added in Phase 2 to make a total of 25 operating trams.
The tram is expected to transport about 27,000 passengers per day at the start of operations, and the number of passengers is expected to increase to 66,000 per day by 2020.
Each tram has seven coaches, including a gold suite and one cabin dedicated to women and children. It will be operated by Serco, the same company that manages the Dubai Metro.