SYSTRA wins the Dubai Tram extension
22 December 2016

SYSTRA wins the Dubai Tram extension

SYSTRA and the Dubai Tram: an ongoing story. The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai has just awarded phases 2 and 3 for the extension of their iconic Light Rail Transit system to SYSTRA, thus renewing their trust in the Group that has already managed the engineering and consultancy projects.

A 14 month contract

SYSTRA, in association with AECOM, will take charge of transport planning, preliminary design and invitations to tender, for the second and third phases, for 14 month.

An extension in 2 phases

Phase 2 of the Dubai Tram will serve the town’s main attractions, including Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al-Arab, as well as the Mall of Emirates (MOE), the greatest shopping mall in the United Arab Emirates. On the opposite side of Cheikh Zayed Road, the MOE is connected to the project zone through the Red Line metro station.

Phase 2 is part of the master plan for Jumeirah Central Project, managed by Dubai Holding. This huge investment project was launched by the Governor of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Phase 3 will serve the Jumeirah Beach Road to the north-west of Dubai. The route crosses projects already underway, such as the one-way road system. Consequently, the area between Jumeirah Road and the Al Wasl district is being totally redefined. This has to integrate into the feasibility study for the design of Phase 3.

SYSTRA’s solutions deployed in Dubai

In the Emirate, SYSTRA has already signed the design of the automated metro (two lines opened in 2009 & 2011) and the first phase of the Dubai tram, inaugurated in November 2014. Last September, the first stone of the metro extension was laid, planned for completion in 2020. Furthermore, the Group has won a prize for the design, using BIM, of the Hyperloop One Line to connect Dubai with Fujairah.

Key figures for the Tram

Phase 2

  • Length: approximatively 6km
  • Number of stations: 9
  • Special feature: a passing loop to improve service efficiency

Phase 3

  • Length: approximatively 16,6 km
  • Number of stations: 19
  • Special feature: a passing loop to improve service efficiency

Phase 1, inaugurated on November 11th 2014

  • Length: 9,5 km (2,6 km along viaducts)
  • Number of stations: 11 (4 elevated)
  • Special feature: the first LRT offering air-conditioned stations, automatic protection (CBTC) and aesthetic power supply throughout.

*RTA : Roads and Transport Authority.

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