The Vice President toured the tram depot and rode on a tram doing a trial run ahead of its November launch.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid takes a trip on Dubai’s new tram system
DUBAI // The trial runs of the city’s Al Sufouh tram has had a VVIP — Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed toured the tram depot, which includes a maintenance and cleaning centre, an operation control centre to monitor the trams’ movement, plus air-conditioning and electronic systems.
He then visited three stations, including one located near Le Meridien Mina Seyahi hotel, to inspect the services, and the four air-conditioned pedestrian bridges that connect the station with the surrounding areas.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and the delegation was hotel by Mattar Al Tayer, chairman fo the RTA.
Dubai Tram is the first tramway outside Europe to be powered by a track-based electric supply system, making it one of the safest systems. It is due to be launched on November 11.
The first phase of the project will have a 10.6km-long track, starting in Dubai Marina and extending up to the tram depot near Dubai Police Academy.
The network will initially have 11 trams running through 17 stations, with another 14 trams to be added in the second phase.
Each tram will have seven coaches, including a gold suite and a cabin for women and children. Each 44-metre carriage can carry up to 405 passengers. The service will be operated by Serco, the same company that manages Dubai Metro.
Sheikh Mohammed ended his visit at Station No 6 at Dubai Marina. He said the tram would be a welcome addition to the landmarks and tourist attractions in the UAE.