Tram will connect new Dubai residents socially


By Anjana Kumar, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Residents living around communities to be covered by the 10.6 km tram line say they will use it mostly on weekends. The tram will begin operations in November 14. Testing for the first phase began last Sunday.

Tom Watterson, a British expatriate living in Shams building, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), said he will use the tram on weekends when he visits friends on the other side of JBR or if he’s visiting Marina Mall. “It is not practical for me to take the tram everyday to work as my office is in Tecom. But on weekends, I usually visit friends at the other end of JBR. Right now I take my car to go to Dubai Marina Mall, but when the tram becomes operational I will avoid taking my car. The tram will be a real boon,” he said.

Watterson’s sentiments were echoed by Jacqui McCumiskey, 45, a fellow British expat living in Al Sufouh area behind Wellington School near Dubai Media City. “Almost every other weekend I am in JBR with friends. I can’t wait to use the tram,” she said.

Rania Majzoub, Lebanese, 37, lives in Al Seef Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Tower (JLT). She takes her children everyday to Marina Mall. “From JLT it’s the most convenient place to take my kids and keep them busy. Usually, I take the Dubai Marina Metro station bridge to cross over to the other side. From there, I walk to Dubai Marina Mall which is a fair distance, especially when there are two children to take along in a pram. When the tram is ready, it will be of great help to me,” she said. More info