Dubai has had a tram line since 2014 that runs from Dubai Marina to Al Sufouh. The Dubai Tram is owned by the RTA (Roads & Transport Authority) and is operated by Serco, a British company that provides such services all over the world.
A special feature of the Dubai Tram is that it has no overhead lines, it draws power from a separate rail between the two other rails. It is therefore the first tram in the Middle East with this technology. The company, Besix, that made this project possible is a fixed value in Dubai when it comes to large construction projects. They already participated in the construction of the gigantic Burj Khalifa, Expo 2020, and the Belgian pavilion at the Dubai World Expo.
The Dubai Tram has a total length of more than 10 km and this will be expanded to almost 15 km in the future. This expansion will make it possible to travel by tram from Dubai Marina to Madinat Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab. It also offers a perfect connection to the Metro and the well-known Monorail that runs over Palm Jumeirah.
The route of the Dubai Tram has 11 stations where you can get on or off. 6 of these stations can be found in or nearby Dubai Marina. The other 5 stations are in Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, Palm Jumeirah and Al Sufouh.
The Dubai Tram is a modern tram set that you can compare to most other trams around the world. However, as mentioned earlier, the Dubai Tram has no overhead lines, which gives it a strange view because you are used to this on trams.
Most tram sets are provided with a full-length advertising wrap.
Each tram set is 44 meters long and can carry just over 400 passengers. This capacity is divided into 3 different classes, Silver, Gold and Ladies with children.
Each tram consists of 3 different classes as we can find in the Dubai metro. Each class has standing and seating.
The Silver class is the middle part where you can travel with a standard ticket. For people who like something more luxurious during the ride you can buy a ticket for the Gold class. And finally there is a separate section for women with or without children, men are not allowed here.
During the summer the temperature in Dubai can sometimes rise to almost 50 degrees Celsius. That is why every tram set is equipped with air conditioning to enable use during the warm summer months. It is also a perfect means of transport for the disabled. You can easily board the Dubai Tram with a wheelchair. There are also separate places for wheelchair users. It is also possible to use a Wi-Fi hotspot on all trams.
There are 2 tram stations that have a direct connection to the Red Line of the metro. For example, the Jumeirah Lakes Towers tram stop is directly connected to the DMCC metro station.
A little more than 1 km towards the center of Dubai, the Dubai Marina tram stop is connected to the Damac Properties metro station.
When you get off the metro at one of these stations you have to take the footbridge over the famous Sheikh Zayed Road to get to the tram stop.
When you visit Dubai you may want to see the gigantic Atlantis hotel on Palm Jumeirah. This is perfectly accessible with a separate connection from the mainland, namely the Palm Jumeirah Monorail.
Via the Dubai Tram station Palm Jumeirah you can get right to the Gateway Monorail station where the Palm Jumeirah Monorail departs. When you get off at the Palm Jumeirah tram stop you can go via a pedestrian bridge over the road to the first station, Gateway, from the Monorail.
In total the Monorail has 4 stations, Gateway, Al Ittihad Park, Naheel Mall & Atlantis Aquaventure. View more information about Palm Jumeirah Monorail here.
The Dubai Tram works like all other public transportation in Dubai with the Nol Card. This Nol Card can therefore be used for metro, tram, bus, taxi, ... in Dubai. The price for using the Tram are very low.
As a tourist, it's best to take a Red Nol Card or ticket, this chip card will cost you AED 2 for the first time. Then you can charge it and use it for 10 single journeys by public transport in Dubai. When you have done 10 journeys you must purchase a new ticket again.
These are the opening hours for 2020. Hours may be different during Ramadan.