Dubai Tram to sur­prise pas­sen­gers with gold bars

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Lucky tram users in Dubai could be in line to win gold bars and other prizes as part of an of­fi­cial cel­e­bra­tion of the net­work’s fifth an­niver­sary.

Fig­ures show that about 28 mil­lion pas­sen­gers have used the ser­vice since it was launched.

The tram runs in a loop around Dubai Ma­rina and Jumeirah Beach Res­i­dence, be­fore head­ing back to its main ter­mi­nus in Al Su­fouh.

It was the first tramway project out­side Europe to be pow­ered by elec­tric tracks. Most tramway sys­tems use over­head ca­bles. “The Dubai Tram has be­come a key com­po­nent of [the] rail sys­tems and public trans­port net­work in Dubai,” the Roads and Trans­port Au­thor­ity said.

“It is a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor in mak­ing public trans­port the ideal mo­bil­ity choice of Dubai vis­i­tors and tourists.”

Yes­ter­day, of­fi­cials said the au­thor­ity planned to dis­trib­ute prizes, in­clud­ing gold bars, to some tram pas­sen­gers.

It is not known how many bars will be given away.

More than 555,000 pas­sen­gers used the tram in the first half of 2019, with the au­thor­ity say­ing it was al­most al­ways punc­tual.

In 2015, Dubai Tram won the Ham­dan bin Mo­hammed Smart Gov­ern­ment Award for the best new ser­vice that year.

“Grow­ing numbers of com­muters are us­ing the tram, which pro­vides an ad­di­tional means of com­mut­ing that has eased peo­ple’s mo­bil­ity and added to their hap­pi­ness,” the RTA said.

In 2015, Dubai Tram won the Ham­dan bin Mo­hammed Smart Gov­ern­ment Award for the best new ser­vice

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