The Palm Jumeirah Monorail is a monorail line on the Palm Jumeirah island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The monorail connects the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland, with a planned further extension to the Red Line of the Dubai Metro. The line opened on April 30, 2009. It is the first monorail in the Middle East.
The 5.45 km monorail line began construction in March 2006, under the supervision of Marubeni Corporation, with the monorail track completed in July 2008 and vehicle testing beginning in November 2008. Originally planned to open by December 2008, the opening was delayed to April 30th 2009.
The project budget is US$400 million, with an additional US$190M set aside for the 2-kilometre (1 mi) extension to the Dubai Metro. Another source says of a budget of US$1.1 billion. A journey on the monorail costs Dhs15 one-way, 25 return.
The Palm Jumeirah Monorail uses Hitachi Monorail straddle-type technology. The line has a capacity of 40,000 passengers per day, with trains running every three minutes during peak hours and every 15 to 20 minutes during off-peak hours.
As of May 2009, only the Atlantis Aquaventure and Gateway stations are open.
– Atlantis Aquaventure — Atlantis, The Palm
– Trump Tower (not open yet) — Trump International Hotel and Tower (Dubai)
– Palm Mall (not open yet) — formerly Trump Plaza
– Tecom Station (planned) — interchange to Dubai Metro