Now this is good news for anyone who lives in, has visited, or driven through Dubai Marina in the last 18 months.
Because as of September, all lane closures, left and U-turns along the tram track will be re-opened. So that means now having to go out to JLT just to get back to the other side of the water.
Stretching back as far as December 2014, when one rogue car was hit by the still then relatively new public transport system, many of the handy junctions have been blocked off. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
But since March this year, and after a series of strategic plans were put in place, the five key intersections have been slowly reopened.
And as of early September, the final piece of the jigsaw will be complete when the junction of Al Gharbi (the bridge between the two where the tram crosses the water) and Al Sufouh on the beach side becomes fully operational.
Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic & Roads Agency, said: “We have introduced a feature in the traffic light signaling system whereby all light signals will turn red once the tram approaches the junction.
“We have installed surveillance cameras to monitor vehicles jumping the red signals in coordination with the General Department of Traffic at the Dubai Police.”
The service was officially rolled out on November 12, servicing Knowledge Village, Dubai Media City, Dubai Marina and JBR.
Strict fines remain in place for anyway caught breaking the RTA laws regarding the tram, the clearest of which is that jumping the red light at a tram intersection will cost you Dhs5,000, while pedestrians crossing the track from an undesignated place will be hit with a Dhs1000 fine.