Also known as the Thames Cable Car, the Emirates Air Line is an urban tramway in London. It is a recent addition to the city's skyline. Opened in 2012, just ahead of the Summer Olympics, the tramway is sponsored, as its official name suggests, by UAE-based Emirates Airline. Each 10-person cable car crosses above the Thamas River between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. Mainly used for sightseeing, riders get a bird’s-eye view of some of London's most iconic sights along the river. A handful of people use the Emirates Air Line for commuting.