Dubai, UAE; March 1, 2011: The iconic attractions in Downtown Dubai, described as ‘The Centre of Now,’ can now be accessed by visitors with a new convenient addition – the luxury Trolley Buses.
Emaar Malls Group, the shopping malls and leisure subsidiary of Emaar Properties, has introduced air-conditioned Trolley Buses, each with a capacity of 25 passengers to enhance the ease of access for visitors to Downtown Dubai.
The 500-acre mega development in the heart of Dubai features several must-visit tourist attractions including Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building; The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination and The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain.
A hub for leisure, shopping, hospitality, entertainment, business and modern living, Downtown Dubai also has six world-class hotels including the world’s first Armani Hotel Dubai in Burj Khalifa, which also features At.mosphere, the world’s highest restaurant located on Level 122 of the tower. A magnet for leisure and business visitors, the flagship development of Emaar also has a vibrant business park, the Emaar Square, and several residential communities.
The Trolley Buses have been envisaged as a vital link for tourists and guests in the various hotels of Downtown Dubai to tour the development in a convenient hop on-hop off fashion with the purchase of one ticket for a whole day’s use.
Mr Nasser Rafi, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Malls Group, said: “The addition of the Trolley Buses in Downtown Dubai will significantly enhance the ease of accessibility of tourists as well as ease the traffic during peak hours. The high-quality buses, specially designed for Downtown Dubai, highlight our commitment to offer our visitors the opportunity to experience every tourist attraction in the development at their leisurely pace.”
The Downtown Dubai Trolley Buses will cover The Dubai Mall, The Address Downtown Dubai hotel, Souk Al Bahar, The Palace – The Old Town hotel, Burj Park/The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, and Burj Khalifa, and will eventually be linked to the Dubai Metro. The Trolley Buses will offer flexible schedules for visitors, as they can board on any trolley bus from any stop, according to their convenience.
Tickets for the bus service, priced at AED 20, can be purchased on the Trolley Bus. Children below 12 years of age, accompanied by their parents or guardians, also can travel free.
Traversing the Emaar Boulevard, the Trolley Buses have stops at the Grand Drive/Gold Souk Entrance of The Dubai Mall, The Address Downtown Dubai, Souk Al Bahar, Burj Park/The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Emaar Square and The Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa Metro Station.
The compact Trolley Buses are sleek at 9 metres long and 2.5 metres wide, and are enclosed with removable side windows and back sidewalls. They have auto safety glass and two flat screen monitors with DVD players.
Visitors to Downtown Dubai have an array of attractions to explore. The Dubai Mall features Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums with 33,000 aquatic animals including sharks and rays; the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice-Rink offering skating lessons; SEGA Republic, the Middle East’s first and largest of its kind indoor theme park; KidZania®, a dedicated children’s edutainment centre, and the 22-screen Reel Cinemas.
The mall has 1,200 retail outlets featuring the world’s finest brands including flagship stores of global brands. There are over 160 food and beverage outlets too in addition to several waterfront cafes in the adjoining Souk Al Bahar, an Arabesque themed shopping mall with more retail options. The hotels in Downtown Dubai have some of the most preferred restaurants in the city including Neos, one of the highest lounges located on the 63rd floor of The Address Downtown Dubai.
Downtown Dubai’s Emaar Boulevard is a hub for cultural activities and hosts the annual Emirates Classic Car Show Festival, while the Burj Park, an island on Burj Park overlooking Burj Khalifa, is a preferred venue for music concerts.
The Trolley Buses will serve as a perfect link for visitors who want to experience this diverse array of lifestyle choices – all at their own convenience.