Abu Rashid, left, his daughter Shahd, right, and son Rashid, centre, take a ride on the Dubai Tram on its first day of service. Pawan Singh / The National
Abu Rashid, left, his daughter Shahd, right, and son Rashid, centre, take a ride on the Dubai Tram on its first day of service. Pawan Singh / The National

Dubai residents queue up to be the first to ride the Tram

DUBAI // Some drove or took a cab across town, while others simply walked from their flats to board the first Dubai Tram on Wednesday.

The inaugural journey would make them late for work and school, but that did not stop businessmen, students and families from hopping aboard.

For Emirati siblings Shahd, 14, and Rashid, 10, it was a day to remember.

“We thought it would be a normal day but then my dad woke us early and said, ‘let’s ride the first tram’,” she said.

“Today it’s fine being late to school – my teacher will understand because we are all excited about the tram.”

Abu Rashid, who runs a trading business, ushered the children into Jumeirah Beach Residence station before the first tram pulled up.

“As an Emirati it is a proud moment for me. Also, it will be convenient for my travelling needs,” he said.

For bank worker Mona Al Areqi, it was a chance to make up for just missing the first Dubai Metro ride.

“It’s a big event for me,” said Ms Al Areqi, who woke at 4.30am to catch a taxi to JBR station from Al Qusais.

“I have waited a long time for this. My family is asleep at home. But I always like to be the first to experience things,” the Yemeni said. “This is the first tram outside Europe to run on electricity on the road. Exciting, no?”

Grandparents boarded with toddlers in prams and parents carried babies. Commuters posed for pictures and recorded on video as they waited at 11 stations along the 10.6-kilometre route.

Glitches with the trams’ synchronised doors meant several failed to halt at stations including Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Dubai Marina, or needed help from supervisors.

In some cases journeys were suspended after a couple of stations, and commuters were asked to board the next tram. Trams stopped at some stations, leading drivers to apologise for the delay.

“This will happen for the first few days. I’m not complaining because they will need to fine-tune it,” said Miguel Rogel, who works with an offshore oil company.

“This is a big investment but good for tourists and people like us who live near the Marina, because we don’t need to walk or take a cab anymore.”

The tram will replace a taxi for schoolchildren such as Wing Chan, 13, and accountant Roshan Moraes, who will use it daily.

“This will save so much time because otherwise you wait for a taxi, then argue with people who also want the same cab, then get stuck in traffic,” said Mr Moraes, who will commute from JLT to Palm Jumeirah station.

“This is the best thing to happen.”

Parking problems and congestion at JBR and the Marina had forced many to stay away from the area, but they came back in droves yesterday.

“This is perfect because there are no steps, unlike other places, that are not buggy friendly,” said Kirsty Radley, who was pushing a double pram holding her 11-month-old twins.

“This is wide with enough space for buggies. We saw the fireworks at the launch, we’ve been walking near the station for weeks and waving to the drivers, so we’re excited to finally be on it.”

Back at JBR, Abu Rashid said he would take the tram instead of driving to Jumeirah Lakes Towers Metro station and travel on to World Trade Centre for work.

“The tram will make life easier. Some people don’t understand why there are so many new plans and projects, it is human nature to wonder. But the Government studies our needs to make us happy,” he said.


Rajasthan Royals 153-5 (17.5 ov)
Delhi Daredevils 60-4 (6 ov)

Rajasthan won by 10 runs (D/L method)


Founder: Hani Abu Ghazaleh
Based: Abu Dhabi, with an office in Montreal
Founded: 2018
Sector: Virtual Reality
Investment raised: $1.2 million, and nearing close of $5 million new funding round
Number of employees: 12

Real Madrid 1
Ronaldo (87')

Athletic Bilbao 1
Williams (14')

Our family matters legal consultant

Name: Hassan Mohsen Elhais

Position: legal consultant with Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants.

UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets

Watford 1 (Deulofeu 80' p)

Chelsea 2 (Abraham 5', Pulisic 55')


1) Kepa Arrizabalaga, Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea (£72m)

2) Alisson, Roma to Liverpool (£67m)

3) Ederson, Benfica to Manchester City (£35m)

4) Gianluigi Buffon, Parma to Juventus (£33m)

5) Angelo Peruzzi, Inter Milan to Lazio (£15.7m

ETFs explained

Exhchange traded funds are bought and sold like shares, but operate as index-tracking funds, passively following their chosen indices, such as the S&P 500, FTSE 100 and the FTSE All World, plus a vast range of smaller exchanges and commodities, such as gold, silver, copper sugar, coffee and oil.

ETFs have zero upfront fees and annual charges as low as 0.07 per cent a year, which means you get to keep more of your returns, as actively managed funds can charge as much as 1.5 per cent a year.

There are thousands to choose from, with the five biggest providers BlackRock’s iShares range, Vanguard, State Street Global Advisors SPDR ETFs, Deutsche Bank AWM X-trackers and Invesco PowerShares.


Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

Our legal consultant

Name: Hassan Mohsen Elhais

Position: legal consultant with Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants.

Company Profile

Company name: Namara
Started: June 2022
Founder: Mohammed Alnamara
Based: Dubai
Sector: Microfinance
Current number of staff: 16
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Family offices


Design, multimedia and creative work: Logo design, website design, visualisations

Business and professional management: Legal or management consulting, architecture

Business and professional support: Research support, proofreading, bookkeeping

Sales and marketing support: Search engine optimisation, social media marketing

Data entry, administrative, and clerical: Data entry tasks, virtual assistants

IT, software development and tech: Data analyst, back-end or front-end developers

Writing and translation: Content writing, ghost writing, translation

Online microtasks: Image tagging, surveys

Source: World Bank


Toyota land Cruiser 2020 5.7L VXR

Engine: 5.7-litre V8

Transmission: eight-speed automatic

Power: 362hp

Torque: 530Nm

Price: Dh329,000 (base model 4.0L EXR Dh215,900)

Company profile

Company name: Outsized
Started: 2016
Founders: Azeem Zainulbhai, Niclas Thelander, Anurag Bhalla and Johann van Niekerk
Based: India, South Africa, South-East Asia, Mena
Sector: Recruitment
Investment raised: $1 million
Current staff count: 40
Investors: Seed and angel investors

The years Ramadan fell in May






Processor: Apple M3, 8-core CPU, up to 10-core CPU, 16-core Neural Engine

Display: 13.6-inch Liquid Retina, 2560 x 1664, 224ppi, 500 nits, True Tone, wide colour

Memory: 8/16/24GB

Storage: 256/512GB / 1/2TB

I/O: Thunderbolt 3/USB-4 (2), 3.5mm audio, Touch ID

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3

Battery: 52.6Wh lithium-polymer, up to 18 hours, MagSafe charging

Camera: 1080p FaceTime HD

Video: Support for Apple ProRes, HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10

Audio: 4-speaker system, wide stereo, support for Dolby Atmos, Spatial Audio and dynamic head tracking (with AirPods)

Colours: Midnight, silver, space grey, starlight

In the box: MacBook Air, 30W/35W dual-port/70w power adapter, USB-C-to-MagSafe cable, 2 Apple stickers

Price: From Dh4,599

Sweet Tooth

Creator: Jim Mickle
Starring: Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie, Adeel Akhtar, Stefania LaVie Owen
Rating: 2.5/5

Company Profile

Company name: Hoopla
Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000

Company Profile

Company name: Cargoz
Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed


Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.


Engine: Two-litre four-cylinder turbo
Power: 235hp
Torque: 350Nm
Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
Price: From Dh167,500 ($45,000)
On sale: Now


Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Stars: Gerard Butler, Navid Negahban, Ali Fazal

Rating: 2.5/5

The UAE Today

The latest news and analysis from the Emirates

      By signing up, I agree to The National's privacy policy
      The UAE Today