Abu Dhabi Maritime unveils new water taxi service for public

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Abu Dhabi Maritime launches Public Water Taxi service
Abu Dhabi Maritime's newly launched Public Water Taxi service | Image Courtesy: WAM

Abu Dhabi Maritime has launched a new Public Water Taxi Service within the greater Yas Bay and Raha Beach community, in collaboration with Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences.

The service will enhance connectivity between a number of Abu Dhabi’s waterfront attractions while offering an alternative transport option for the public. It will initially operate across high-demand locations including Yas Bay, Yas Marina, and Al Bandar with further stops to follow.

Abu Dhabi Maritime was established by the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and AD Ports Group as the primary custodian of Abu Dhabi’s waterways.

Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, Director-General of Operational Affairs, DMT, said that, “The new Public Water Taxi service underscores our efforts and commitment to developing state-of-the-art maritime services needed to support Abu Dhabi’s global position as one of the best destinations to live, work and visit.”

Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi
Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi
CEO – Miral

“Our partnership with Abu Dhabi Maritime for the launch of the Public Water Taxi Service reiterates our commitment towards further positioning Yas Island as a top global destination for entertainment and leisure. With enhanced connectivity, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to navigate, explore and enjoy the island’s world-class offerings and landmarks. The launch of the Public Water Taxi comes after the success of the Water Shuttle Pilot Program earlier this year, as part of Miral’s plans to enhance resident and visitor experiences on the island, by offering a robust marine transport system for anyone seeking to travel through the iconic Yas Bay Waterfront.”

The service will be open seven days a week following scheduled timings which ensures vessel availability at each stop every hour, as per the statement.

Captain Saif Al Mheiri, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Maritime, stated that, “The launch of Public Water Taxi services within the greater Yas Bay and Raha Beach areas represents a key moment in our long-term strategy to develop a world-class Public Water Transport system in Abu Dhabi that enhances connectivity, promotes tourism and increases the emirate’s reputation as a leading maritime destination.”

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