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Palm Jumeirah Monorail

Palm Jumeirah Monorail
Test driving of the Dubai Monorail, 2009
Locale Dubai
Transit type straddle-beam monorail
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 4 (2 not open), 1 planned
Daily ridership ~40,000 (capacity), under contemporary interval 23,000. Current ridership much lower.
Website .com.palm-monorailwww
Began operation April 30, 2009
Operator(s) Serco Group plc
Number of vehicles 4 (2009)[1] (only two visually seen in july 2014)
System length 5.45 kilometres (3 mi)[2]
Average speed 35 km/h
Top speed 70 km/h
System map
Atlantis Aquaventure
Trump Tower(not open)
Palm Mall(not open)
Dubai Internet City(planned)
Dubai Metro
Plan Overview Of Palm Jumeirah Monorail Route

The Palm Jumeirah Monorail is a monorail line on the Palm Jumeirah island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The monorail connects the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland, with a planned further extension to the Red Line of the Dubai Metro.[2] The line opened on April 30, 2009.[3] It is the first monorail in the Middle East.[4]

The trains are driverless, with attendants for any emergency situations.[1]


  • History 1
  • Technology 2
  • Stations 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Construction began on the 5.45-kilometre (3 mi) monorail line in March 2006,[2] under the supervision of Marubeni Corporation, with the monorail track completed in July 2008 and vehicle testing beginning in November 2008. Originally planned to open by December 2008,[5] the opening was delayed to April 30, 2009.[2][5] In 2010, day-to-day operations were taken over by the Middle-East branch of Serco.[6]

The project budget is US$400 million, with an additional US$190M set aside for a 2-kilometre (1 mi) future extension to the Dubai Metro.[7] Another source speaks of a budget of US$1.1 billion.[8] A journey on the monorail costs Dhs15 one-way, 25 return.


The Palm Jumeirah Monorail uses Hitachi Monorail straddle-type technology. The line has a theoretical capacity of 40,000 passengers per day, with trains running every few minutes during peak hours and every 15 to 20 minutes during off-peak hours.[2][4] However, actual ridership averaged around 600 passengers per day during the first week,[9] and the monorail is running "virtually empty".[10] In July 2014, frequency was down to every 23 minutes with only one of two trains operating[11] The electro-mechanical works are carried out by ETA-Dubai in joint venture with Hitachi-Japan.


As of May 2009, only the Atlantis Aquaventure and Gateway stations are open.[8]

Planned extension:

  • Dubai Internet City (planned) — interchange to Dubai Metro


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b c d e "Middle East's first monorail to start services in Palm Jumeirah by April".  
  3. ^ "Palm monorail tried and tested - The Knowledge News". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  4. ^ a b "ME's 1st monorail to begin services in April". 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Palm monorail hit by four-month delay". 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  6. ^ article in Railway Gazette
  7. ^ "Quiet please for region’s first monorail". 2007-04-07. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  8. ^ a b "Nice and Easy, but Fares Not So Fair". 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  9. ^ Sarah Blackman (2009-05-06). "Dubai's new Palm Monorail proves popular". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  10. ^ "Palm monorail: Where are the passengers? - XPRESS (United Arab Emirates)". 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  11. ^ visit

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