The RTA has announced the the Dubai Tram will run continuously throughout the night of 31st December so that revellers around the area are able to travel smoothly before and after the New Year celebrations.
A number of areas around Dubai are going to be very busy and so there is going to be extra public transport laid on to help ease the congestion.
Taking public transport at New Year can really help to stop the massive traffic jams that have been a feature of Dubai in the past.
The tram will therefore run from the start of service on Sunday 31st December – which is 6am – and will not stop until 1am on Tuesday 2nd January.
The metro and buses will also be operating for longer hours with the exception being Burj Khalifa Metro station which will be closed from 10pm (you can find further information here).
The Palm Monorail does not generally change its operating hours (it shuts at 10pm) so if you want to travel to Atlantis you will need to get there in good time and possibly get a taxi back.
Dubai Tram will start earlier at 6am during the week.
The RTA has announced that, effective from 1st November 2017, the starting time for Dubai Tram will change by half an hour so that Tram operations will now commence at 6am on weekdays instead of 6.30am.
This will give early risers the opportunity to travel to work a bit earlier than usual and perhaps for some of the congestion to ease. This change applies to travel from Saturdays to Thursdays.
On Fridays normal operational hours will be the same – from 9am until 1am the next day.
The Metro is also being given earlier working hours – the Red line will now open at 5am and the Green Line will start running at 5.30am, also helping commuter congestion which is quite high at peak times of travel.
The RTA has always had a plan that there would be different phases in the development and expansion of the Dubai Tram system.
Although there were some hold ups on the construction of the tram initially during the financial crisis, plans are still ongoing to extend the tram to other areas. Phase 2 of Dubai Tram plans to extend to tourist destinations like the Burj al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and Mall of the Emirates.
This would once again link the tram up with the Dubai metro which would give users more options in covering further areas of Dubai using public transport.
Tenders are currently being sought for the construction of phase 2 and further announcements will be made by the RTA in due course.
Phase 3 of the Tram is also in the planning stage and could see the extension of the line to 2nd December Street.
The RTA has always been planning that there will be a phase 2 of the Dubai Tram project. This has now been confirmed although the details are still very sketchy and the project is still in its initial stages.
The second phase of Dubai Tram will likely link up the existing route with places like Mall of the Emirates, Madinat Jumeirah and Burj al Arab.
These additional locations are located just further on from the current terminal of Al Sufouh and so are a logical continuation of the route.
The link with the Mall of the Emirates will give an additional interchange with the Dubai Metro, which is also undergoing plans for expansion.
The increased use of the Dubai Tram in the first quarter of 2016 has shown that the demand for this kind of public transport service is expanding and the extension of the line would be very useful not only to people who live in the locality but also to tourists.
It may be possible that the new extension will be ready in time for Expo 2020 but this has not yet been confirmed by the RTA.
The RTA has announced plans to reopen some left turns and U-turns that were previously closed for safety reasons around intersections that involved the Dubai Tram.
Some of these intersections will be reopened on 2nd March following some studies and having given people time to get used to the presence of the tram in those areas.
This will be for an initial 3 month period where the traffic will be monitored to ensure the traffic signals are adhered to and no accidents occur.
There was much dismay from drivers when these closures were announced so this will no doubt delight the people who wish to make use of these turns again and who have had to make detours in their journeys because of them.
Further information can be found from Emirates 24/7.