Dubai’s brand new trams have hit the tracks and been set in motion for the first time.
The carriages which will eventually speed between JBR, Madinat Jumeirah and Mall of the Emirates were formally trialled with a maiden voyage on Sunday January 26.
While residents don’t have the chance to hitch a ride quite yet, this early public test gave Dubaians their first chance to glimpse the ambitious 14km, Dhs3 billion project, in action.
And keep your eyes peeled, as this first trial will see trams glide between two stations, in Al Sufouh and Knowledge Village, for several weeks.
A second testing zone will then see carriages dart between Palm Jumeirah and Marina Towers in April, with a third testing the tracks between Dubai Marina and JBR in June, ahead of the project’s projected opening in November.
Meanwhile driving schools have added new road signs to the teaching programmes to prepare drivers for sharing roads with the new trams, with an education program for existing drivers expected to begin later in the year.
Eleven of the 14 air-conditioned trams have already been delivered by their French manufacturer and are expected to carry about 27,000 passengers a day when the network becomes operational. Capacity is expected to reach 66,000 people a day, on 25 trams, by 2020.
Each 44 metre tram will have carry 300 passengers over seven coaches, gold and silver class areas, and a cabin designated for women and children only.
The 14.6km Dubai Tramway extends along Al Sufouh Road in Jumeirah Beach Residence, with a total of 17 stops, including three which will link with existing stops on Dubai Metro’s Red line, and one connecting with the Palm Monorail.
The first phase of the project to open will be a 10.6km long track, with 11 stations, starting from the Dubai Marina and stretching up to the Tram Depot near the Dubai Police Academy.