By Andy Sambidge
Hop-on, hop-off transport system will provide a link between top attractions such as Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall
Testing is set to begin on the Dubai Trolley, a hop-on, hop-off transport system in Downtown Dubai which will serve as a link between attractions such as the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall.
The tests follow the delivery of the first trolley tram at Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Emaar Properties said on Monday.
Emaar said in a statement that it is "redefining the norms of urban mass transit" within Downtown Dubai, its flagship mega-development that welcomed 80 million visitors in 2014.
The hydrogen and electric-powered trolley tram is being assembled on site with testing and commissioning to be undertaken shortly. Work on the Dubai Trolley stations is also progressing as per schedule, Emaar added.
To eventually span 7km across the entire breadth of the 500-acre Downtown Dubai, Dubai Trolley's first phase will connect visitors and residents over a distance of 1km.
The imported double-decker trolley trams have been specially designed for Emaar. They are resplendent in bright red with aesthetic gold pin-stripes and green trim colours, and have Arabesque design features.
Each double-decker trolley tram can carry 74 passengers, who can opt for open-deck or air-conditioned seating.
Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director of Emaar Properties, said: "The Dubai Trolley is an innovative and sustainable mode of transit that fits perfectly with the requirements of visitors and residents alike to Downtown Dubai.
"With so many world-class attractions in one square kilometre, visitors and residents needed a convenient mode of transit that provides them seamless connectivity while assuring a leisured pace. We are continuously innovating on the lifestyle choices we provide for our visitors and residents and the Dubai Trolley will be a fascinating attraction for people of all ages."
Work on the Trolley Terminus near Old Town Island, which will feature F&B offerings, and other depots are being accelerated, he said.
The Dubai Trolley has zero emissions and will travel at an operational speed of 16km per hour, although it has a maximum speed of 80km per hour. Several crossings have been provided along the tramway to safe pedestrian traffic.
So Dubai residents have the highest obesity (and hence diabetes) rates in the world but instead of getting some 5 minute exercise we provide a tram to take them between things that are so close to each other you'd walk there faster than wait for the next trolley to pass. mad.