RTA launches old ferries route in Global Village

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By Staff  http://gulftoday.ae

DUBAI: The Public Transport Agency in the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched a route for the touristic ferries in the Global Village for the fifth year in a row which contributes significantly to the revival of the traditional means of transport that combines fun, entertainment and safety at the same time.

Dr Yousef Al Ali, Acting CEO of the Public Transport at the Authority said:  “We are keen to effectively participate in the Global Village activities every year, which extends for many months of the year. So, we decided on the need to leave a clear imprint in this annual event, which attracts large numbers of the public, both residents in the state or visitors, by operating the old ferries which strengthen maritime transport as an essential part of the process of transport, especially that the ferries are considered the primary method in Dubai that connects the dhow between the areas of Deira and Bur Dubai.

He stressed that the existence of ferries as an entertainment transport means in the Village is an important step which the Authority sought to strengthen it in front of the public of various classes, categories and age groups in order to promote tourism in the Emirate of Dubai, being proactive in various transport projects, whether onshore or offshore.”

He added: “The availability of the old ferries in the Village reflects the interaction among various parties in Dubai and cooperation with each other, where the people in charge of the village contribute to the success of this project by providing a place for the route of the around eight ferries.

“The touristic trip will pass through the lake and the canal passing through the villages located on the banks of the canal, which will be entertaining for ferry passengers and give them the opportunity to watch the most important scenery of the village, confirming the extent of the overwhelming response received by the public.”

It is worth mentioning that the old ferries in the village are electrically operated in order to preserve the environment from pollution, the trip takes around 15 to 20 minutes and can accommodate 20 passengers and costs 50 dirhams. More info