Good news, for those of us looking forward to using Dubai’s newest form of public transport. After a successful dry run, the monorail link to The Palm will be open to the public from April.
The Palm developer hosted a delegation from the Road Transport Authority (RTA) this week, which travelled from the Gateway Station at the trunk of Palm Jumeirah to Atlantis Aquaventure Station. The journey between the two stations which are at either end of the monorail track, covering a distance of 5.45km, took eight minutes.
The Palm Monorail is the first system of its kind to be completed in the Middle East. State-of-the-art technology has been employed to overcome a number of challenges including running 1,000m of rail over-sea, meeting Dubai's unique climatic conditions, and protecting the communities of Palm Jumeirah from noise pollution by using a virtually silent track system.
Developed by a consortium of leading international companies, led by the Marubeni Corporation, the Palm Monorail's system is fully automatic and driverless, although an attendant will be on board at all times.
The monorail will initially carry up to 2,400 passengers per hour per direction in four separate trains, each made up of three cars. At full capacity, the figure will rise to a maximum of 6,000 people in nine vehicles.