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Brief Published: 16 Dec 2011

Libya's Light Tramway


In an exciting new era of tourism growth for Libya following the fall of ruler Colonel Gaddafi’s regime, designer Ahmed Smaali has unveiled his plans for a major electric tramway. Linking two of the country’s major cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, it is hoped the passenger tram will reduce high levels of traffic congestion.

Smaali’s creation blends the sleek, minimal appearance of transport seen in many Western cities with designs influenced by Arabic culture. The trams’ exteriors replace the typical logos and advertising used on public transport with traditional patterns and shapes, including the Moucharabieh – an ancient Arabic design.

It is a step towards helping a nation formerly torn by civil war to develop into a holiday destination. But as suggested by market research and analysis company Euromonitor at London’s annual tradeshow World Travel Market last month, Libya’s future remains uncertain, and positive growth is still some way off.