Burj Al Arab to Mall of the Emirates: Dubai Tram Phase 2 getting on track

Phase 2 will transport passengers across to tourist destinations such as Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and Mall of the Emirates. (File)

Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority is seeking consultants to undertake the feasibility study for launching new phases of Dubai Tram, informed sources told Emirates 24|7.

“The authority has issued a tender for consultants to study the feasibility of Phase 2 and 3 of the tram,” the sources said on conditions of anonymity.

Phase 2 will take riders across to tourist destinations such as Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and Mall of the Emirates.

Phase 3 will extend along Jumeirah Beach Road to 2nd December Street.

When contacted, the RTA said it would respond when it has updates.

In April 2016, this website reported that the Dubai Tram, used by 1.3 million riders in the first quarter 2016 alone, is going to get an expansion.

“Dubai Tram is also set to grow with Phase 2 of the project. The success of current tram has encouraged us to look into extending the line up to 5 kilometres covering more iconic destinations,” Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Road and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Rail Agency had told Emirates 24|7.

Officially inaugurated on November 11, 2014, the Dubai Tram has 11 stations, serving over a distance of almost 11 kilometres through a fleet of 11 trams.

Metro Green Line expansion

Meanwhile, nearly 50 million people journeyed aboard the Dubai Metro in the first quarter 2016.

The RTA is also looking at extending the Green Line from the existing Al Jaddaf station to Academic City, adding a rail line of 20.6 kilometre and 11 stations both underground and above ground.

This extension will serve urban developments such as Ras Al Khor industrial area, International City and Silicon Oasis.

The existing Green Line Metro has 18 stations of which 12 are elevated and six underground. Union Square and Khalid Bin Al Waleed underground stations are transfer stations where the Green and Red Lines junctions.

In June 2016, the authority awarded the contract for the Route 2020 – the extension of Metro Red Line to Expo 2020 site – to Expolink Consortium led by France's Alstom, Spain's Acciona, and Turkey's Gulermack.