‘The Tram’ in a Container

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The Tram’ in a Container

How does a pioneering Government entity like the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) express their commitment to a sustainable future? Through a carbon-free, fully recycled working kiosk, modelled after the Dubai Tram! And a prestigious event like WETEX 2016 provided the perfect opportunity to reflect those priorities.

Conceptualised and built within 7 days of request, ‘The Tram’ is a 20 foot used shipping container upcycled to form a fully functional kiosk. Fitted with all amenities, the containerised tram is a glimpse into a green and energy-efficient future.




The container kiosk aligns perfectly with vision of the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2016 initiated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Initiated as a platform to share ideas and best practices in key sectors, WETEX is an ideal platform to showcase a cutting edge technology such as modular construction using upcycled containers.

‘The Tram’ is now being displayed in RTA offices across Dubai and other emirates.



Container conversion is a highly effective and efficient construction technology that combines the convenience and quick ROI of modular construction with the sustainability and environment friendliness of recycling.

In addition to low energy consumption during production, container spaces are highly energy efficient due to their inherent flexibility and adaptability. Containers lend themselves to high quality insulation and external roofing options, significantly bringing down heating/air-conditioning costs.  Combined with energy saving electrical fittings and appliances, they convert to very low carbon footprint, and as such are one of the most sustainable construction options. In addition to these benefits inherent in SMART construction, the kiosk’s power needs are met by overhead solar panels, backed up by a bio-fuel generator – powered by a bicycle – that can be used to generate electricity at night.

Also worthy of mention is the fact that abandoned and non-seaworthy containers take up large ares of urban space, which could otherwise have been utilised for worthier causes such as living spaces, parks or roads. Upcycling these mammoth boxes reduces such wastage of precious urban land.