Dubai Tram's first passengers: Excitement, emotion, euphoria


By Majorie van Leijen

Yesterday was the official launch of Dubai Tram, but today was the first day the tram was open to the public. The moment did not go by unnoticed, as many commuters gathered to be part of that very first public ride.

Dubai tram officially inaugurated last evening. (Majorie van Leijen)
Dubai tram officially inaugurated last evening. (Majorie van Leijen)

At 6.30am, the tram took off in Al Sufouh.

A little later, it would pass by areas like Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai Media City, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

Emirates 24|7 hopped in at JBR, where the tram is expected to gain most of its popularity.

Although dawn had only just set in, it was not too early for the handful of residents gathered at the station at 6.30am. Even as the first tram only arrived at 7.10am, it could not spoil the fun for most of them.

“I have come here to be the first on Dubai Tram,” said Yemeni Muna Al Areqi. She does not live near the tram, nor does the tram pass by her destination for the day. She came all the way from Al Qusais to be part of the experience.

“I tried to be first on Dubai Metro too, but then I missed the first train. Now I am here on time, and I will be on the first ride. I will get off at Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) and take the Metro to Jebel Ali, where I work. More info