Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched two marine transport lines to coincide with the opening of the latest tourist destinations and residential communities in Dubai.
The move, which is part of the Marine Transport Master Plan 2020-2030, aims to serve residential communities and development projects with a sea view.
The first line shuttles between two tourist and recreational areas namely the Bluewaters Island and the Marina, on all weekdays according to a plan tailored to the pattern of daily riders. The service, with a fare of $1.36, operates from Monday to Friday from 4:50 PM to 11:25 PM and during the weekends from 4:10 PM to 11:45 PM.
The second line connects the residential areas at the Dubai Creek Marina (Creek Harbour Station), with the surrounding attractions at the Dubai Festival City, during weekends from 4:00 PM to 11:55 PM, with a tariff of just $0.54.
The need to continuously improve services to meet customer needs and expectations led to this collaboration between the Maritime Transport Department and real estate developers. It also aims to fulfill Dubai’s objectives as well as RTA’s strategic goals to enhance residents’ well-being.
RTA is keen to improve the public and tourist marine transport services and enhance the satisfaction of customers all over the Emirate. The marine transport services consist of the Dubai Ferry, abras, and the water taxi on demand. Coordination is in hand with the developer to link Souk Al Marfa on Deira Island with Dubai Creek through the ferry and traditional abras. The new line is scheduled for operation in the first quarter of this year.