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Tram in Dubai

New to Dubai in 2015 was the Dubai Tram. This is a railed tram system which links from its Dubai Marina stop to the Dubai Metro at its Damac Properties Stop 36. Why on earth can’t they use the same name? They also link with each other at the next stop Jumeirah Lake Towers/JLT, which at least makes an attempt to have the same name.

Tram in Dubai

In effect it circles the whole Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) areas and runs in the direction of Dubai via Knowledge Village and Media City (and a number of other stops) along Al Sufouh Road to the Al Sufouh area.  Along the way, at stop No.9 – Palm Jumeirah, it links to the Palm Monorail station by a lift and an over-the-road enclosed walkway.

Inside View of a Tram

As it stands this tram will be of great use to expat workers getting from homes in the Marina and JLT areas to work in Knowledge Village and Media City, but for now until it goes elsewhere it will be of little use to most tourists other than a trip just to be able to say they went on it and hopefully then on the Palm Monorail to the end of the Palm, and back again.

However! By 2020, Phase 2 of the tram system should be completed which will extended it to both Mall of the Emirates/Ski Dubai and also to Souk Madinat Jumeirah & Burj Al Arab which will make it a fantastic facility for tourists at this end of Dubai.

Dubai Tram

The tram itself, unlike the Metro, has a driver. It’s electric with electric driver-operated doors, security cameras, wheelchair spaces with safety belts, sitting and standing areas, and fines for eating, drinking, smoking and other unmentionables. Again, like the Metro, it has Regular Class seats and Gold Class seats for an extra fee. To me, it seemed a bit slow and noisy, less smooth than expected, and with a lot of stopping and starting although as it’s on or adjacent to roads it has priority over normal vehicles. Certainly in the Marina area it didn’t seem to move any quicker than the other, normally slow, traffic – but it’s early days, we’ll see how it works out.

One good thing, for anyone living on its route wanting to get to the well known Barasti Bar, there’s a tram stop at Mina Seyahi which is about as close as you’ll get.

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