New tram system to connect Downtown Dubai hotels

Dubai Trolley being developed by Emaar will also pass Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall

A rendering of how Dubai Trolley will look
A rendering of how Dubai Trolley will look

Emaar Properties is to develop a trolley tram system in Downtown Dubai.

To span a distance of 7km, Dubai Trolley will link iconic attractions in the area, including Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall.

The first phase, which is scheduled for completion early next year, will cover a distance of 1km and will have three stations to offer passengers easy access to The Dubai Mall, The Address Downtown Dubai and Vida Downtown Dubai hotels.

Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director of Emaar Properties, said: "Dubai Trolley is a smart urban mobility service that further builds on the trolley tram systems that are in use in several cities across the US and Europe. While they were a game-changer in public transport when first invented in the 1880s by introducing a new concept to urban mobility, they are now largely used as tourist attractions.

"We have innovated further on both design and technology, incorporating world-class features, for Dubai Trolley. An environmentally sustainable system that supports the development vision of the UAE, Dubai Trolley brings a convenient and user-friendly transit mode to Downtown Dubai. It will add tremendous value to residents and visitors, enabling them to effortlessly access the world-class attractions in the world's most prestigious square kilometre."

Initially, Dubai Trolley will carry 74 passengers in double-decker trams that have the provision of open-deck and air-conditioned seating. The trams are designed to complement the Arabesque architectural features of Downtown Dubai. In a polished design, they are bright red with aesthetic gold pin-stripes and green trim colours. During winter, the glass window panels of the trolley tram will be removed for the added comfort of the passengers.

Dubai Trolley will travel at an operational speed of 16km/hr and has a maximum speed of 80km/hr, which can be regulated according to requirement.

Convenient crossings will be provided along the tramway to facilitate safe and easy pedestrian movement. Being electric and hydrogen powered, the smart and innovative Dubai Trolley has practically zero-emission.

Dubai Trolley Terminus near Old Town Island will also feature several F&B offerings that add to the convenience of passengers.

Work on the first phase of trolley-tracks and Dubai Trolley depots has already commenced.

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