12 April 2015| Last updated on 19 June 2016
Dubai Trolley Guide
It's happening, and currently being tested... The new, convenient and fun-orientated 'hop-on, hop-off' transit system is set to be a world-class trolley tram system in Downtown Dubai. The all-new Dubai Trolley will add tremendous value to Downtown Dubai residents and visitors by offering them an attractive and user-friendly commuting service within the world’s most prestigious square kilometre.
Key facts you need to know about Dubai Trolley:
- It's the world's first hydrogen powered street trolley tram and the region's first 'hop-on, hop-off' electric-powered transit system
- Users will be able to easily access popular areas of Downtown Dubai, including Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar
- There will be a chioce of open-deck or air-conditioned seating
To span a distance of 7 km, Dubai Trolley will serve as an exotic, easy-to-access connecting link between the various iconic attractions in Downtown Dubai including Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and The Dubai Mall, the world’s most-visited retail and lifestyle destination.
Aligned along Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, the first phase of Dubai Trolley will cover a distance of 1 km and will have three stations to offer passengers easy access to The Dubai Mall, and The Address Downtown Dubai and Vida Downtown Dubai hotels. The first phase is scheduled for completion soon, with testing having already begun.
Users can also effortlessly access Souk Al Bahar, The Dubai Fountain, several residential towers and myriad restaurants on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, one of the world’s most vibrant thoroughfares.
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,” he added.
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 elegantly designed to complement the Arabesque architectural features of Downtown Dubai. In a polished design, they are resplendent in 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.
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Dubai Trolley will travel at an operational speed of 16 km/hr and has a maximum speed of 80 km/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. The well-appointed air-conditioned stations are designed to reflect the architectural attributes of Downtown Dubai, and will add to the comfort of passengers as they wait for the trolley tram service.