The Dubai Tram: 11 things you need to know
All the essential information about Dubai’s latest transport system.Peter Iantorno October 20, 2014
UPDATED: November 11, 2014
Unless you've been living in a bubble for the past few years, any Dubai resident will know that the long-awaited tram is almost complete. In fact, today marks the opening of the ambitious development, and residents of Dubai Marina and JBR will be hoping that means an end to the traffic chaos. But what are the details on the Dubai Tram? How much will it cost? When will it run? Where does it go? We've answered all these questions and more below:
1. It will open to the public on November 12, 2014
His Highness Sheik Mohammed will take the inaugural ride on the evening of November 11 and it will be open to the public from the morning after.
2. It will run from 6.30am to 1.30am on weekdays and from 9am to 1.30am on Fridays
So not only can you use it to get to the beach for your early-morning jog, but you can also rely on it to get you home from a night out.
3. It will link to both the Dubai Metro and the Palm Monorail
The links to the Metro will be at Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Dubai Marina stations.
4. It will initially run 10.6km through 11 stations
Although this is only the first phase, and there are plans to extend.
5. The first phase runs from Dubai Marina to near Dubai Police Academy
It will stop at JBR, Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Mina Seyahi, Media City, the Palm, Knowledge Village and Al Sufouh.
6. Each train will have a capacity of 405 people
And there'll be the same Gold, Silver and Women and Children's cabins as used on the Dubai Metro.
7. The trams will run every 10 minutes at peak times at every 12 minutes off-peak
So you know you won't be hanging around waiting for one for long.
8. You can use your Nol card to pay
It will use the same cards as are used for the Metro and buses, so no need to carry around a wallet full of plastic.
9. Tickets prices will be cheap
The fare is AED3 irrespective of how far you travel.
10. It will be running for the full day on Fridays
Unlike the Metro, which is closed on Friday mornings, the Dubai Tram is set to open at 9am on Fridays.
11. Don't get in its way
If you cause a crash at an intersection you could face a fine of up to AED 30,000 and lose your driving licence for a year.