United Arab Emirates was the first Middle Eastern country to develop rail transport as a means of public transport.
In Dubai, in 2009 its first metro line was opened, and in 2014 the city of Dubai already had a tram line.
Currently the metro has two lines with a total of 69.7 kilometres and is the world’s longest automatic metro network. In case of the tram, the UAE were the first in the world to have the entire journey without catenary.
Its uniqueness lies in adapting to extreme weather conditions in the area, with temperatures exceeding 50 ° C, high humidity and continuous appearance. Alstom Spain participated in the development of this tram.
From its hub Solutions Information Technology, located in Madrid, it has supported the implementation of CBTC signalling system, as well as the design, execution and operation of the control equipment for the passenger information systems, safety of people, facilities and video surveillance of the entire network.
The tram of Dubai is 44 meters long and can carry up to 408 travellers distributed in “Gold” and”Silver” classes, and another on reserved for women and children. It offers a high level of comfort, entertainment solutions, communications systems and improved security, both inside the stations and on the trams.
Dubai’s tram design is highlighted by a diamond-shaped face and image abroad that evokes the typical sand dunes in the Emirates. It is also the first tram that moves exclusively with catenary-free APS system and the first new-generation equipment adapted to the extreme weather conditions in the Gulf.
The tram of Dubai is pending completion. In 2014 began Phase 1 and phase 2, worth $556 M, is now in the planning stage and is expected to be completed in 2020.
Currently the tender for the extension of the Metro Red Line connecting Dubai with the Expo 2020 is running, with an approximate value of $1,000M. The construction of the project “Route 2020” is set to the strategic vision of the Government of Dubai for achieving sustainable development, and the development of infrastructure and world-class services. It also comes as a practical application of the Director Plan of RTA plan to provide multiple integrated mass transit options such as subways, trams, buses and water transport towards RTA’s vision of a safe and smooth transport for all. As for other projects related to the Dubai Metro (expansion of existing lines and construction of 3 new subway lines), these are valued at about $5,700M. It covers the extension of the Metro Red Line of Dubai Nakheel Harbour and the subway station tower on the site of Expo 2020. The expansion of the metro line extends 15 kilometres. Metro Station Nakheel Harbour & Tower begins and extends 15 km (11 km ground level and four kilometres underground), and includes seven stations (5 ground level and 2 underground stations). These communities are inhabited by about 240,000 people and the trip from Dubai Marina to the Expo site will take 16 minutes.