World firsts for Dubai Tram
Alstom technology is leading the way in tram projects
The Dubai Tram is the first in the world able to run in temperatures of up to 50°C.
The Emirate’s newest transportation network, which opened to the public on Wednesday, is also able to withstand harsh climate conditions such as humidity and sandy atmosphere.
Alstom was responsible for the design, integration and supply of this turnkey tramway project, which includes: the supply of Citadis trams, track laying, signalling (using Alstom’s Urbalis CBTC), communications systems, integrated operation control centre, platform screen doors and ticketing system.
“The tram for Dubai, which we are proud to have handed over ahead of schedule, illustrates Alstom’s strategy to serve all markets with a complete range of solutions while demonstrating our leading position in tramway systems. Thanks to Alstom and RTA’s close collaboration on the project, Dubai’s citizens can now travel aboard one of the most sophisticated and comfortable tram in the world” said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, president of Alstom Transport.
Equipped with APS ground-level power supply, the tram system is also the first in the world to be catenary-free all along the line, which is 10.6km long and counts 11 stations.
And it is the first line to be equipped with air-conditioned stations and automatic platform screen doors.
The Citadis tram, which is equipped with real-time passenger information and video broadcasting, is 44 metres long and can accommodate 408 passengers in “gold”, “silver” and “women & children” classes.
Alstom will also be responsible for the maintenance of the transport system for a period of 13 years.
The Dubai Tramway is the eighth system delivered by Alstom in a decade. With seven others under implementation worldwide including the Lusail tram in Qatar, Alstom is the world leader in tramway systems.