Dubai tram was perviously called Al Sufouh Tram because the tramway is located in Al Sufouh Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Length of tramway is 14.5 kilometers al sufourah road from It runs for 14.5 kilometer along Al Sufouh Road from Dubai Marina to the burj al arab, jumeirah and the Emirates mall. The tram interchanges with Dubai marina station, jumeirah lakes towers station, Dubai Marina Station of the Red Line of Dubai metro and two more metro station will be connected with the tram in the future. The Dubai Tram will also connect with the monorail of the Palm Jumeirah at the palm from sufouh road’s entrance.
Features Of Dubai Tram
Total 11 stations are present on 10.6 kilometer long tram line and was ceremonially inaugurated on 11th of november 2014, by his highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The prime minister and vice president of UAE and the ruler of Dubai, with the officially opening of Dubai tram for public service at 6:00 am at 12th of november, 2014.
After Europe, Dubai Tram is the first tramway project to be powered by ground based electric supply system.
Construction Of Tram
A consortium of Alstom, Besix and Parsons undertook the planning and construction of Dubai tram. In total there were two phases of Dubai tram’s construction. The first phase was expected to open in the month of april of year 2011 but was delayed and it opened in november 2014 . After completion, phase 1 of tramline is operating 11 trams, serving 11 stations and is covering the distance of 10.6 kilometers. The cost of phase 1 was AED 3.18 Billion. Phase 2 will be 9.5 kilometres long and will be the part of phase 1 of Dubai Tram project. Phase 2 includes 14 trams and eight stations along an additional 4 kilometers of route. Dubai tram is operated by RTA (Dubai Roads & Transport Authority) and the contract for operation is given to Serco.
Hours of operation and frequency
Dubai tram run for 20 hours each day, and it takes 36 minutes to ride the entire tramline. Timings of Dubai tram is from 6:30am to 1:38am. The service starts at 9:00am on fridays. AED 3 is a fixed fare of Dubai tram regardless of the distance traveled, it is the cheapest fare for trams. The passengers using red nol ticket will pay AED 4 per ride. The passangers use nol card for check in and checkout from the tram by scanning it at the platform screen doors. The trams have seperate space for women and children, Gold and silver classes are also present in Tram of Dubai.
Incidents and accidents
In total two accidents occurred on the sight, the first one was during the test drive when a car collided with the tram and the same happened after 2 months, that was after tram’s inauguration.