Mohammad to flag off Dubai Tram

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By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Dubai Tram will be flagged off by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday evening, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.

Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News Tram at Dubai Marina on test before opening. The Dubai Tram will start rolling for passenger service from Wednesday, following its inauguration on November 11 2014.Shaikh Mohammad, along with senior government officials, will take the inaugural ride from Al Sufouh tram depot.

The trams will be open for public service from 6.30am on Wednesday, November 12, with a trip every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 12 minutes during non-peak hours.

The 10.6km network is served by 11 stations and snakes through densely populated areas of Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence.

With each tram carrying a maximum of 405 passengers, the tramway is expected to serve around 27,000 people daily.

In stage one, 11 trains will operate from 6.30am to 1.30am on weekdays and from 9am to 1.30am on Fridays.

Dubai Tram is considered the first tram outside Europe powered entirely by on-ground electric cables extending throughout the tramway. It is also the first tram in the world that uses the technology of platform screen doors, the mechanism of which is synchronised with the opening and closing of the tram doors in order to provide additional comfort, safety and security to riders. More info