Fun Trip Travelling Down Dubai Waterways
The most popular mode of crossing the Dubai creek is by way of boats. Marine transportation in Dubai consists of abras, water buses, water taxis, Dubai water ferry and private dhows. In fact, abras are traditional wooden boats with motors that lets you travel across Dubai Creek. Experience marine journey in the oldest affordable and fastest mode of transport and preferred mostly by the residents to avoid the heavy traffic laden roads in Dubai.
If you are using an abra to reach the other end, payments should be made in cash. While water buses are managed and organized by the Marine Water Agency of RTA and the payments should be made through the Nol cards which is an electronic ticketing card. Water taxi service is an initiative by the RTA lately from 2010 and accommodates up to 11 passengers, fully equipped with facilities such as ramp access for disabled passengers, air conditioned cabins, soft leather seats and LCD screens.
Abras usually operate seven days a week from 5 am onwards until midnight specifically on Route 1, whereas those plying on Route 2 operates 24X7. Around 150 boats depart in every two minutes during peak time. Water transportation in Dubai is an unprecedented example of delivering quality conveyance services for tourists and residents.
Dubai Water ferry service offers high speed catamarans with a capacity of holding 100 passengers and caters to three marine water stations including Al Ghubaiba, Al Mamzar Station and Dubai Marina Station.
Now, electric abras take over the place of traditional abras to improve safety standards and enhance the services on coastal waterways across the Dubai Marina. Contrary to traditional abras, electric abras are environment friendly and it is gaining popularity due to the Burj Khalifa lake trips since last year. The ridership numbers shows its wide acceptance and marine transportation is getting popular in Dubai.