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Dubai Trolley, the city's newest public transport system, is a planned seven-kilometer-long rail network that will travel around one of the UAE's most vibrant developments, Downtown Dubai.
People will now have a more enjoyable and convenient way of going around iconic landmarks in the area including Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, and The Dubai Mall.
The first phase, with rails laid out along Mohammad bin Rashid Boulevard, will go live in the first quarter of this year and will cover a distance of one-kilometer with three stations. It will offer tourists and locals easy connectivity to The Dubai Mall, The Address Downtown Dubai, Vida Downtown Dubai and the Opera District.
The double-decker trams' design in bright red with gold pinstripes and green trim colors on both sides will serve to complement the Arabesque architecture of Downtown Dubai.
Each tram can accommodate 74 passengers and will have a provision of open-deck and air-conditioned seating that allows an effortless means of visiting Souk Al Bahar, the famous The Dubai Fountain and other attractions in the area. The trams will be run by small electric and hydrogen-powered machines, and although these have a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour, they will travel at an operational speed of only 16 kilometer per hour. The network will be known as the region's first hop-on hop-off transit system in Downtown Dubai.
Specific solutions for safety such as improved crossings with traffic control devices are in place along the network to ensure safe pedestrian movement. In an effort to follow green building standards, the Dubai Trolley has an environmentally sustainable system with practically zero emissions.
The Dubai Trolley Terminus near Old Town Island will host several dining options.
• Each double-decker tram can accommodate 74 passengers
• First phase will start along Mohammad bin Rashid Boulevard
• Trams will be electric, hydrogen-powered with zero emissions
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Source: Cleofi-Krista Capili, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer