The first tram line in Dubai was officially inaugurated on November 11 by the Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Regular passenger services began at 06.30 the following day.
There are three fare tiers covering seven zones:
3 dirham for a single journey of less than 3 km covering one or two zones;
5 dirham for a journey of more than 3 km in two zones;
7·5 dirham for a journey covering more than two zones.
The line is the first to be powered entirely using Alstom’s APS ground-level power supply, which allows for catenary-free operation. Dubai uses APS II, which has been developed to cope with demanding local conditions. Brushes have been fitted to the trams to clear sand from the third rail, and the switch boxes that power the live rail are air-conditioned.
Alstom has supplied 11 Citadis 402 low-floor trams for the first phase. The 44 m long seven-section vehicles have capacity for 405 passengers in Gold, Silver and Women & Children classes. The first car was delivered to Dubai at the end of 2013, following tests at Alstom’s La Rochelle plant.
Alstom was also responsible for tracklaying, installation of an adapted version of its Urbalis CBTC signalling, communications systems, a control centre, platform screen doors and a ticketing system. Under a separate contract, a consortium of Alstom and Besix will maintain the tramway for 13 years, with an option to extend this for a further five years.
Work on the second phase is expected to begin soon. This will extend the route east by 4 km, adding six stops and requiring a further 14 trams.
photos and information courtesy of Railway Gazette
In service : 31st May 2014
Manufacturer : CAF
Built at : Beasain, Spain
Constructed : 2009–2011
Number built : 27
Formation : 7 articulated cars per tram
Capacity : 78 seats, 170 standing per tram
Operator : Transport for Edinburgh
The trams are bi-directional, 42.8 metres (140 ft 5 in) long and with low-floor access to meet UK Rail Vehicle Access Regulations for disabled people.