With Dubai Tram opening in November 2014, the first phase of the project covered 11 stations. The detailed RTA route map is shown further down below but here is a simplified version of the Dubai Tram route map so that you can easily see the Dubai Tram stations that are operational and the directions that the trams will travel around the system.
As of 2016 there is just one route as shown below:
The tram goes in one direction around the JBR area, as the small loop route was discontinued due to under use a while ago.
The Dubai Tram route means that the trams themselves can travel in a complete loop from the Al Sufouh depot and back again.
As you can see from the map, you can interchange with the Dubai Metro at Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers and also with the Palm Monorail at Palm Jumeirah station. There is a short walk that also involves a lift to get from the tram to the metro/monorail.
So this is the RTA route map for the Al Sufouh Tram project. As you can see the tramway runs through Jumeirah Beach Residence for about one kilometre and has two stations in that area.
The route goes from Al Sufouh and heads up to the elevated section that runs along the Sheikh Zayed Road side of the Dubai Marina section. The tram route here is an add on to the road that runs along the back of the marina and there are 3 stations along this part of the route. Two of those stations link up with the Dubai Metro at the Dubai Marina station and the Jumeirah Lake Towers station.
There are 6 further stations that run from the marina along Al Sufouh Road just past Knowledge Village and this is where the first phase of the Al Sufouh Tram route stops. There is then a depot in Al Sufouh. Station 9 links up with the Palm Monorail at the foot of the Palm Jumeirah. This is good news for the Palm Monorail particularly as it may mean that more people are able to commute using public transport from the Palm (although the price of Palm Monorail tickets will likely have to come down at this point to make it feasible as a commuting option and this doesn’t seem likely to happen at any time in the near future).
Phase two of the Al Sufouh Tram Route will also link up with the Dubai Metro station at Mall of the Emirates.