The Dubai Tram (previously the Al Sufouh Tram) system was designed to be an integral part of the Dubai transport network. It runs in a loop around the Marina and JBR area and links up with the Dubai Metro and the Palm Monorail.
The current tram system is phase one and there are further phases planned to expand the coverage of the tram network.
After initially being planned for completion in 2009, when the first phase of the Dubai Metro was completed, it was delayed until 2012. Subsequently to this it was announced that the Dubai Tram System was being delayed by another 2 years and would be ready in 2014. These delays were due to the downturn in the global economic climate.
In 2013 Sheikh Mohammed officially unveiled the designs for the interiors of the trains and of the stations. At this point plans were made to up the tempo of the development of the Dubai Tram so that it would indeed be ready by 2014.
The tram testing was completed on schedule and the first phase of Dubai Tram was opened on 11 November 2014. On the opening day there was an inauguration ceremony. The tram was opened to the public at 6.30am on Wednesday 12th November.
Many of the RTA traffic projects for Dubai have been delayed in recent years due to the financial situation in the Emirates. It does seem that most of the projects will eventually be completed. This will most likely be once the residential areas are themselves completed and occupied. This means they can ensure full use of the Dubai trams and other forms of transport.
The Dubai Tram runs for 19 hours a day from 6.30am until 1.30am Saturday to Thursday and 9am until 1.30am on Fridays. The system is aimed at reducing the level of traffic that builds up along the roads around Dubai Marina and JBR.
The roads down near Jumeirah Beach Residence had been dug up for a number of years for the Dubai Tram Project but finally the tram was opened.
The second phase of the Dubai Tram has been announced which will extend the track by 4km. It will also link the tram network with Mall of the Emirates. There is also a third phase of Dubai Tram planned. The Tram links up with the Dubai Metro and also the Palm Monorail – see the Map page for more information.
The Dubai Metro has been a great success since it opened, with millions of passengers in the last few years. Tens of thousands of residents are using the transport system for their daily commute. Likewise the tram has been a success, if a bit limited. One reason is that the tram is seen as slow and also for some routes long. There was a second route around the JBR loop but this is not currently operating.
The good thing about the tram is that you can link to the Metro at the Marina and JLT stations so that you can continue your journey.