Dubai Tram

Opening 11 November 2014!

The Dubai Tram (previously the Al Sufouh Tram) system was designed to be an integral part of the Dubai transport network, linking the Dubai Metro and the Palm Monorail and running along Al Sufouh Road and Jumeirah Beach Road from Mall of the Emirates at one end to the Dubai Marina. After initially being planned for completion in 2009, when the first phase of the Dubai Metro was completed, it was first delayed until 2012, and it was subsequently announced that the Al Sufouh Tram System was being delayed by another 2 years and will now only be ready by 2014 due to the current economic climate. In 2013 Sheikh Mohammed officially unveiled the designs for the interiors of the trains and of the stations and plans were made to up the tempo of the development of the Dubai Tram so that it would indeed be ready by 2014.

The RTA and Serco have recently started testing the trams in order for the first phase to be operational in November 2014.

Many of the RTA traffic projects for Dubai have been delayed in recent years due to the financial situation in the Emirates but it does seem that most of the projects will eventually be completed, most likely once the residential areas are themselves completed and occupied, to ensure full use of the Dubai trams and other forms of transport.

When phase one of the project is complete (end of 2014), the tram will run for 20 hours a day from 5am until 1am and so will really help to reduce the level of traffic that builds up along the roads around Dubai Marina and JBR.

The roads down near Jumeirah Beach Residence have been dug up now for a number of years for the Al Sufouh Tram Project but not much progress seems to have been made and the roads are still a bit of a mess in that area.

The Dubai Metro has been a great success since it opened, with millions of passengers in the last few years and tens of thousands of residents using the transport system for their daily commute. As the traffic in Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach residence is so bad, particularly at weekends, it is anticipated that the Al Sufouh Tram System could make a huge difference once it is open and providing (unlike the Dubai Metro) the RTA get the opening hours right.

71 thoughts on “Dubai Tram

  1. kristian gilbert

    is it possible to post a tram route map? It will be interesting to see where it will actually go around Dubai.

    1. admin Post author

      Your wish is my command :-) I have posted a page on the route map showing where the first phase will go.

      1. Daniel


        A few questions as I am updating our information.

        1. How many kilometers is the Soufouh Tram?
        2. How many stations it will serve?
        3. When it will open in 2014? Is in June or November 2014?

        Would appreciate your feedback. Thanks.

        Best regards.

        1. admin Post author

          Hi Daniel, the first phase will run for 10km and have 13 stations and this phase opens in November 2014. Further phases will extend the network to over 14km with an extra 6 stations.

          1. Muhammad Sheraz

            Dear Madam,
            I am Graduated at Law(LLB) and working as a driver with transport company in Dubai since July,2013. Is there any job for which i can apply in Dubai Tram?
            Muhammad Sheraz

          2. SB

            Why did you all close both sides of JBR to one lane??? Have you tried driving to JBR now? It takes no less than 1.5 hours to get from SZR to JBR no matter which way you go and no matter what time of day/night. I even got stuck in traffic at 1am!! This is an absolute nightmare! Surely there must be a better way!!

          3. admin Post author

            I guess this was the only way that the work could get done. I think a lot of people will be relieved once the work has finished in November.

        2. Eng. Tram

          1. How many kilometers is the Soufouh Tram?
          10.6 km
          2. How many stations it will serve?
          11 stations only

          3. When it will open in 2014? Is in June or November 2014?

  2. Barastiboy

    It seems a shame it doesn’t go to the burj al Arab. Guess the Sheikhs complained about it crossing their driveways .

  3. Jack

    Thanks for setting up this website to help the customers to understand the tram.
    Is it possible to know the number of stations and location of each stations for the tram? if it is possible, I will be very happy to know more about the design and operation details of the Dubai’s fisrt ever tram.
    thank you!

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks Jack, I will add as much information as I can about the tram as it is released. I think there will be much more info coming out when it gets closer to the launch of the first phase and the opening of the first stations in 2014.

  4. ryan

    admin, could you please contact me directly through my email address? i have some questions regarding the Palm Monorail

  5. adnan yasin

    Dear HR,
    I am a graduated Electronic Engineer, I am seeking a job. Kindly give me a chance.
    i am available immediately at 0555403648

    1. admin Post author

      You need to contact the RTA about any job vacancies or else have a look at Construction Week magazine.

  6. Jahangir

    Admin . this website is maintained by whom RTA directly or 3rd party ? I will appreciate your reply at my email.

    Good luck with dubai tram


      1. jaseem

        I checked RTA,,but i havnt find anything related to I want to check is there any job related to Information Technology and Science

        1. admin Post author

          Hi jaseem, this is an independent website so we don’t have any information on jobs. Maybe the best place to check is construction weekly.

  7. Uche Onyebuchi

    We are interested in the Dubai AL Sufouh Tram Project, UAE. Can we kindly have details on the Project.
    Awaiting a prompt reply. Thank you

    1. admin Post author

      Hi, I’m not sure what details you are looking for but this is an independent website so you will need to contact the RTA.

  8. Karthikeyan Vasudevan

    I Don’t know why people misuse the privileges always,this is not a site for seeking job,or asking discreet information like bidding and tender, and this is not the place for do marketing stuff,grow on people.thank the RTA for what is owe us Right now.hail the tram service

  9. Simin

    Hai Dear,
    How it gains electric power?
    By the same third rail technology used in Dubai Metro?
    Or something more?…

    1. admin Post author

      Simin, I think if you check out Constuction Weekly or something similar, you can get more technical information. Possibly even the RTA website may have technical information.

  10. Abdullah

    Dear Admin,
    am very happy for our Dubai for another success and growth and I hope day by day in future there will be more, my best wishes for Tram Dubai.
    when is the date for launching Tram Dubai ?

  11. muhammad imran


    we want to supply intelligent wireless communication system to the trams as per the European standards. pls advise who to contact in this regars, RTA or the contrator? which company is doing this project of Tram.

    your promt feedback is appreciated.


    1. admin Post author

      Sorry I don’t know who would be dealing with this but I would contact the RTA in the first instance.

  12. Samia Qaiyum

    I’m a Features Writer trying to get a hold of the RTA press office, but having tremendous difficulties in this area. Can you please direct me to the right person?

    Thank you so much,

  13. Majid Ali

    RTA is not the recruiter for Dubai Tram
    Serco is the operator and Serco is responsible for hiring, training and operating the Dubai Tram and Dubai Metro.
    If you want to find vacancies for Dubai Tram/Dubai Metro please check
    you can contact me for any questions related to Dubai Metro / Tram

    hope this helps :)
    Majid Ali (Station Master)

    1. admin Post author

      Majid Ali, thank you very much for your post. It is great to hear from someone who is working on the Dubai Tram, and particularly as a Station Master. I will post this info directly on the site so that people can contact you.

  14. Abyan

    i am doing an essay for my IB course regarding public transport in the UAE and would really appreciate if you could contact me on email so i may ask you some questions.


    1. admin Post author

      Hi Abyan, this is not an official website for the Tram so you may want to contact the RTA or Serco about this.

  15. Ismail

    I tram driver in the city of Casablanca, and I am very interested in participating in the success of this project as a driver in tramway Dubai

  16. Alex

    Good morning,

    I am a Palm resident and I believe that just linking the tram with monorail will not convince Palm residents/visitors to use public transportation.

    Would be great if monorail could be replaced with “tram rail compatible vehicles” so that someone who comes in or out of the Palm does not have to change between the 2 systems.

    Generally i believe it is a great system that will change the life of many people living to the areas where tram will operate…

    Another great achievement in a great city :)

    Have a great day

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Alex, I think you have a good point but unfortunately I don’t think that will happen. On a lot of public transport systems it is necessary to change to complete a journey, so as long as there is not a long walk and not a long wait for the next tram/monorail then hopefully the system will work.

      Also I think that the payment system for the monorail will have to be integrated into the overall Nol payment and ticket prices for the other public transport systems in Dubai. At the moment the palm monorail tickets are too expensive to be used as an everyday method of transport.

  17. prabhat

    Seeking a professional position to be associated with progressive organization that gives me a scope to update my knowledge and skills in accordance with latest trends and be a part of your team towards the growth of organization. can i know is there any job vacancy is there is dubai Rta

  18. ali ?

    hi can you please provide me this answers please, as i have a university project about dubai tram and i cant find any information about.
    i want the vision, objectives and goals of dubai tram

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ali I think you really need to contact the RTA about this as this site is an unofficial one just providing information for users.

  19. Ever

    Woot woot! Living in Tamani Hotel and I see it testing now!! So ready for the tram, it’s going to be awesome for me to take it to school!! :D

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    1. admin Post author

      You probably need to contact the RTA if you want articles regarding the Dubai tram. This is just an independent website.

  21. Matthew

    I’m an Australian tram enthusiast who will be passing through Dubai on the 1st of September, and I intend to go out and look at this new tram route and hopefully see some of the new trams out ‘testing’.

    Are there photography restrictions I should know about ?. Will I get approached by the police / security people if I’m seen wandering the streets pointing a camera at the trams and their associated works ?

    No one seem to care when I was in Dubai two years ago and took photos and video on the Metro, but I may have just been lucky.

    I do have a ‘semi professional’ interest being a volunteer with the tramway museum in Sydney.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Matthew, no you shouldn’t have any problems as long as you don’t wander into any of the areas the trams go but those are pretty much fenced off.

  22. Julie

    Hi, I am not sure if anyone tried to pass by in JBR in the last couple of days but it is a disaster!! I live in Amwaj buildings and it takes me 1 hour to reach home from any place in the Marina area. I am not sure if anyone reviewed the routes diversions you made you did but seriously someone should! and is anyone checking on the workers if they are actually doing anything or not? I mean since I live there I cannot see any progress in the work for the last week…
    let us know when is the expected date to finish those diversions or what are your plans for this unaccepted traffic every morning and evening.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Julie, this site is not run by the RTA but the tram is scheduled to start operations on November 11th so I expect all the diversions should be finished by then. Doesn’t help you now I know!

  23. LC


    We are the advertising agency for the walk, we are currently running an advertising campaign about The Walk enhancement and we would like to add the Tram. Can you please share a high res image of the Tram as we need it for the outdoor branding around the walk

    Awaiting your response

    Thank you


    1. admin Post author

      Hi Laila, this site is not run by the RTA so I do not have any official images to share. However, there is a free high res image available on wikimedia commons that you could use if you can’t get one from the RTA themselves.


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