The Dubai Tram will take its first ride today under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The first ride will stretches across 10.6 km and 11 stations. It is the first tram outside Europe powered by ground electric cables extending throughout the tramway and one that uses the technology of platform screen doors.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the Board and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said: “The tram aims to improve mobility within Dubai in general and areas of tourist and economic importance. It also contributes to boosting integrated public transport systems while enhancing the business, trade and tourism structures.”
The initial and second phases of the Dubai Tram extend 14.6 km along Safouh Street and the initial stage stretches from the Marina up to the Tram Depot nearby the Dubai Police Academy. The entire tram network spans 17 stations. The tram fleet comprises 11 trams under the initial stage, and 14 trams will be added in the second stage to bring the total to 25 trams. The tram is expected to serve about 27,000 riders at the start of operations in 2014 and is anticipated to hit about 66,000 by 2020.