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Abra route launched at Burj Khalifa waterfront as RTA embarks on major marine expansion across Dubai

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By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: In a major overhaul of the marine transportation in Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched several new routes, even as more abras, waterbuses and ferries are to set sail soon, Gulf News has learnt.

     Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News Archives     The Dubai Creekwith abras or water taxis jostling for space at the creekside, awaiting passengers. The fare of Dh1 per trip is affordable for all.
Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News Archives The Dubai Creekwith abras or water taxis jostling for space at the creekside, awaiting passengers. The fare of Dh1 per trip is affordable for all.

Six new routes have been launched on abras, waterbuses and ferries, while several new routes are set to open next month.

In addition, existing routes have been realigned to improve the efficiency and frequency of the trips has been reduced to offer more convenience to commuters.

In an exclusive interview with Gulf News, Baha Al Qedra, RTA’s Director of Marine Transportation, outlined the expansion plans on the creek and across the Dubai shores.

“Marine transport is the oldest means of mass transit in Dubai. People used abras to cross the creek for centuries and we are building on that tradition, which is convenient, affordable and quick,” said Al Qedra as he highlighted the significance of marine transport in Dubai.

One of the oldest mode of transport, abras continue to be one of the most popular, with around 10,000 people using the diesel-powered boats to cross the Dubai Creek every day. More info

Abra route launched at Burj Khalifa waterfront as RTA embarks on major marine expansion across Dubai

Several ferry, waterbus and abra routes added to the network

    • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
    • Published: 21:00 March 30, 2013
    • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News Archives
  • The Dubai Creekwith abras or water taxis jostling for space at the creekside, awaiting passengers. The fare of Dh1 per trip is affordable for all.

Dubai: In a major overhaul of the marine transportation in Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched several new routes, even as more abras, waterbuses and ferries are to set sail soon, Gulf News has learnt.

Six new routes have been launched on abras, waterbuses and ferries, while several new routes are set to open next month.

In addition, existing routes have been realigned to improve the efficiency and frequency of the trips has been reduced to offer more convenience to commuters.

In an exclusive interview with Gulf News, Baha Al Qedra, RTA’s Director of Marine Transportation, outlined the expansion plans on the creek and across the Dubai shores.

“Marine transport is the oldest means of mass transit in Dubai. People used abras to cross the creek for centuries and we are building on that tradition, which is convenient, affordable and quick,” said Al Qedra as he highlighted the significance of marine transport in Dubai.

One of the oldest mode of transport, abras continue to be one of the most popular, with around 10,000 people using the diesel-powered boats to cross the Dubai Creek every day.