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Launched in the form of an innovative “hop-on, hop-off” bus, the Dubai Trolley has started its operations recently in the Mohammad bin Rashid Boulevard of Downtown Dubai.
The first phase of this newly introduced means of transport covers a distance of one kilometre and offers passengers easy access to The Dubai Mall, Souk Al Bahar, The Dubai Fountain and the many hotels in the area including The Address Downtown Dubai and Vida Downtown Dubai.
When completed, the whole Dubai Trolley network will cover seven kilometres, connecting the area’s biggest landmarks with other parts of the sprawling neighbourhood.
Being electric and hydrogen powered, the Dubai Trolley has practically zero emissions; thus, adding to the sustainable innovations in the city.
Designed primarily to help tourists move from one attraction to another, the transport system will also be used by residents. Driver-operated, each tram can accommodate 50 passengers. It travels at a leisurely speed of 10 kilometres per hour and can attain a maximum speed of 80 kilometres per hour as per requirement.
Designed in a pleasing red with gold pinstripes and green trim colours, the Dubai Trolley reflects the Arabesque architectural features of the area. The double-decker trams consist of both open-deck and air-conditioned seating. The glass window panels will be removed during the cooler months.
Currently, three stations are operational with the Trolley Terminus near Old Town Island also offering food and beverage items, adding to the convenience of passengers. Convenient crossings are provided along the tramway to facilitate safe and easy pedestrian movement.
The transport system is a way of providing tourists a unique sightseeing experience in one of Dubai’s most prestigious localities.
• First phase of the Dubai Trolley covers a distance of one kilometer
• System operates from 4pm-12am, weekdays; 3-11pm, weekends
• Trolley Terminus near Old Town Island serving food and drinks
Source: Bandana Jain, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer