The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has begun tests on its new tram network in the Al-Sufouh area of the emirate.

Tests were conducted on a stretch of track running from the main tram building behind Dubai Police College to Al-Sufouh Road, close to Knowledge Village. It is due to be operational by November 2014.

The $1.1bn main contract for the tram was awarded to France’s Alstom and the local/Belgian Belhasa Six Construct in 2008.

In June 2010, work was halted due to financing issues, with it beginning again in January 2011. In 2012, a consortium led by Alstom won a 13-year, $231m maintenance contract for the tram project’s first phase and in September 2013, the UK’s Serco won a $17.9m contract to operate it.