Dubai: The much anticipated Dubai Tram opens for public service today (Wednesday), joining a burgeoning network of integrated public transport systems that also includes the world’s largest diverless Metro, one of the region’s best bus services as well as a wide array of marine services.
The abra, considered the earliest mode of public transport, has been in service for a long time and the small traditional boats, albeit motorised now, are still hugely popular, transporting around 10,000 people daily across the Dubai Creek.
However, what could be considered modern means of public transport started in Dubai through five buses in 1968.
More than 45 years since that major milestone, Dubai continues to be the pioneer in building modern infrastructure and adopting the latest means of mass transit.
For years Dubai was the only city in the region to have a well-oiled public transport network served mainly by buses.
By 2001 Dubai’s bus fleet grew to 305, covering almost 50 per cent of the urban areas.
As the city has grown dramatically since the beginning of the new millennium, its bus fleet has grown fivefold, with a current strength of 1,565 buses, almost doubling the areas covered. More info