It took years to complete, and the roads between Al Sufouh and the Dubai Marina were torn up and an aggravation, but nine months after opening, the Dubai Tram is making a difference easing congestion in the United Arab Emirates’ largest city. The first rail system outside of Europe to be electrically powered by a ground-based system, the sleek, modern trains that comprise the tram add a nice finesse to this rapidly developing and popular district within Dubai.

Reaching nine miles (14.5 kilometers) along the posh neighborhoods of coastal Dubai, the tram allows commuters to transfer to the Dubai Metro at two stations. Commuters who have to brave such a commute during summer, when the mercury reaches as high as 120F (50C) during the summer, can wait for the tram comfortably: each station is air-conditioned and shields riders from the heat. The system is safe, too: drivers have to take an automated alcohol test before their shift, and crosswalks leading out of the station areas are clearly marked.

With the Middle East targeted for rapid population growth in the coming years, choking traffic has long been a festering problem in the region’s cities. The tram was expensive to build, but so is ignoring local infrastructure. Like much of the greater Middle East, the UAE needs to improve its public transportation networks; the tram is a step in the right direction.

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Each tram station is cool and comfortable

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The sleek rail system has eased traffic in the congested Marina district

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Then after your journey, you can enjoy a day in the Jumeirah Beach Residence area

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.