Shahzad Qureshi (November 12, 2014)
The tram services have been started in Dubai after a spectacular inauguration on Tuesday with a fireworks display. Dubai Tram is a multibillion dollar project and has been developed to provide a highly efficient transit experience to travelers. The tram is likely to improve mobility within Dubai in general, add to tourist growth and also boost economic importance of the area.
The tram uses the technology of platform screen doors, which synchronize opening and closing of screen doors, ensuring safety and comfort for the public. The tram comprises of seven cabins, of which one is gold class, two for ladies and children and four silver class cabins.
The Dubai Tram will cost commuters Dh3 on the Silver class and Dh6 on the Gold class. NoL cards will be required to pay the fares across all stations. Senior citizens will be offered 50 per cent discount on all fares. On weekdays the tram will be operational for passengers from 6:30 am to 1:30 am, while on Friday the service is available from 9 am to 1:30 am.
The infrastructure designed for the project also includes multiple footbridges, parking areas and taxi lay-bys at various stations. The stations are designed to be special needs-friendly.
The tram will make a trip every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 12 minutes during non-peak hours. The track has a total of 11 air-conditioned stations, which connect densely populated areas Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence.
In order to add to the customer experience, UAE telecom company du will provide complementary Wi-Fi to tram-users for the first two days of its operation.
The tram is also connected to other transport facilities in Dubai including two Metro Stations, i.e Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers. It is expected that the tram will be used by 27,000 people daily.
The launch of Dubai Tram will add to the passenger convenience as it connects the city in an efficient manner, offering a comfortable, hassle free and affordable travel.
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