There was a lot of excitement in the air at the launch of Dubai Tram which, in true Dubai fashion, is a neat amalgamation of all things first – the first tram to operate on ground-based electric cables outside Europe, the first tram to include highly synchronized platform screen doors for additional safety and the first tram to provide air-conditioned cabins for passengers. Inaugurated by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, who was also the first distinguished commuter to use the service, the inaugural tram was flagged off from the Al Sufouh depot. With a capacity to accommodate up to 405 passengers, Dubai Tram aims to improve public transport in the city and to reduce the increasing number of traffic jams on the roads. Serving 11 stations, the trams will operate at ten-minute intervals during peak times and at twelve-minute intervals during off-peak times. Expected to serve at least 27,000 passengers in its initial phases, the popularity of the trams is bound to increase further as commuters gear up to begin using the service from today, the 12th of November.