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Palm Jumeirah Monorail
The Monorail testing in February 2009
The Monorail testing in February 2009
Locale Dubai
Transit typestraddle-beam monorail
Number of lines1
Number of stations5 open, 1 planned
Daily ridership~40,000 (capacity), under contemporary interval 23,000. Current ridership much lower.
Began operationApril 30, 2009
Operator(s) Serco
Number of vehicles4 (2009) [1] (only two visually seen in July 2014)
System length5.45 kilometres (3 mi) [2]
Average speed35 km/h (22 mph)
Top speed70 km/h (43 mph)
System map

Atlantis Aquaventure
The Pointe
Nakheel Mall
Al Ittihad Park
Gateway   T1 
Dubai Internet City   M1 
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. It is operated by the UK-based Serco. 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]


Construction began on the 5.45-kilometre (3.39 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 British company Serco. [6]

The project budget is US$400 million, with an additional US$190M set aside for a 2-kilometre (1.2 mi) future extension to the Dubai Metro, [7] while other sources state a budget of US$1.1 billion. [8] A journey on the monorail costs Dhs20 one-way, 30 return.

The Al Ittihad Park station, originally intended to serve the cancelled Trump International Hotel and Tower development, was opened on July 3, 2017. [9] Nakheel Mall station opened on November 28, 2019. [10]


The Palm Jumeirah Monorail uses Hitachi Monorail straddle-type technology. The electro-mechanical works are carried out by ETA-Dubai in joint venture with Hitachi-Japan.


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, [11] and the monorail ran "virtually empty". [12] As of July 2017, the line runs every 11 minutes and averages 3,000 passengers per day. [9]


  • Atlantis Aquaventure station — Atlantis, The Palm
  • The Pointe station [13] closed July 2023 for a redevelopment project. [14]
  • Nakheel Mall station
  • Al Ittihad Park station — formerly Trump Plaza and Village Center Station
  • Palm Gateway station — Gateway Towers, connection to Dubai Tram at Palm Jumeirah station (out-of-station interchange)
Planned extension



  1. ^ a b Hitachi Ltd. "Monorail in Palm Jumeirah Island opened in April 2009". Archived from the original on 18 September 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Middle East's first monorail to start services in Palm Jumeirah by April". Gulf News. 2008-08-07. Archived from the original on 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  3. ^ "Palm monorail tried and tested - The Knowledge News". Time Out Dubai. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  4. ^ a b "ME's 1st monorail to begin services in April". 2008-08-08. Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  5. ^ a b "Palm monorail hit by four-month delay". 2008-07-22. Archived from the original on 2008-08-10. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  6. ^ DVV Media UK. "Urban rail news in brief September 2010". Railway Gazette. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Quiet please for region's first monorail". 2007-04-07. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  8. ^ "Nice and Easy, but Fares Not So Fair". 2009-05-07. Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  9. ^ a b "New station on the Palm Monorail opens". 3 July 2017.
  10. ^ "In pictures: New mega Nakheel Mall opens in Dubai's Palm Jumeirah". 28 November 2019.
  11. ^ Sarah Blackman (2009-05-06). "Dubai's new Palm Monorail proves popular". Construction Week Online. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  12. ^ "Palm monorail: Where are the passengers? - XPRESS (United Arab Emirates)". 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  13. ^ a b "Jumeirah Palm Island Monorail". 24 May 2021.
  14. ^ Holtham, Alice (31 July 2023). "The Palm Monorail station at The Pointe closes today".

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