Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) chairman His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer told local press that initial trials will take place on a 2km section of the line from the depot on Al Sufouh Road.

The 44m-long vehicles will accommodate up to 408 passengers in Gold, Silver, and Women & Children classes.

The initial 10km phase of the Al Sufouh Tramway is due to open in November 2014. Alstom will deliver a further 14 LRVs for the second 4km phase.

The first Dubai Citadis was formally unveiled at Alstom's La Rochelle plant in June.