By Parag Deulgaonkar
Higher fares come into effect from Tuesday, after the service announced a new station
The Palm Monorail ticket prices have increased by AED5, the first change since it opened in 2009 according to the transit service's operator.
With annual passenger numbers crossing the one million mark, Nakheel, the developer and operator of the monorail, opened the Al Ittihad Park Station on Monday.
In a notice posted at one of the monorail stations, the operator said: “With effect from the start of passenger service on Tuesday (July 4), all monorail fares will increase by AED5.
“This is not a decision taken lightly having held our fares at the present rate since the opening of the monorail in April 2009. We will continue to offer you, our customers, a quality service and an excellent way in which to view the Palm Jumeirah.”
Ticket prices remained AED15 one way and AED25 return until July 3. Children under 90 centimetre are allowed to travel free of cost.
The new fares would see a one way fare increase to AED20 and a return fare now priced at AED30.
In its press release, Nakheel said around 3,000 people use the monorail each day with the number of passengers expected to exceed 1.1 million in 2017.
The upcoming Nakheel Mall and The Pointe will have their own monorail stops, the developer added. There was no mention of the fare increase in the press release.
Arabian Business has approached Nakheel for a comment.
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don't understand the pricing.
I have an office in AL Barsha close to Citymax. I live at the Tiara.
I used to walk 15 minutes to the Metro, and take a taxi from from Media City. The whole cost came to about aed 25 including tip.
I now just take a taxi from the office and the whole cost is aed 25
Why would anyone want to pay aed 20 for 2km? Unless they get free parking?
I don't think it is meant to be mass transit, really this is just for tourists. If they made it cheap so it was more for residents, actually the economics would probably not work - there is still no reason to use it.
Could be useful if you live on the Palm and want to go for a drink at the Pointe (if restos will be licensed) or the Atlantis.
A taxi to Atlantis and back from the trunk would be about 1.5 to twice the price - I think.
Plus could be more fun?
I can see it being used a lot for NYE, big gigs on the crescent, etc.