In Dubai, two routes for marine transport have been launched to connect residential and recreational areas. With the opening of Dubai’s latest tourist destinations and residential communities, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched two marine transport lines. A major purpose of the move is to serve residential communities and development projects with a view of the sea as part of the Marine Transport Master Plan 2020-2030.
All week, the first line shuttle operates from Bluewaters Island to Dubai Marina for a daily fare of AED 5. On weekdays (Monday through Friday), the service operates from 4:50 pm to 11:25 pm, while on weekends (Saturday and Sunday), it operates from 4:10 pm to 11:45 pm.
A second line connects residential areas at Dubai Creek Marina (Creek Harbour Station) with Dubai Festival City’s nearby attractions during weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from 4 pm to 11:55 pm on a 2 dirham fare.
Real estate developers and Maritime Transport Department are coordinating to meet customer expectations and to continuously improve services. Additionally, it intends to meet Dubai’s objectives, as well as RTA’s strategic goals to enhance residents’ wellbeing.
The RTA is committed to improving the public and tourist marine transportation services and enhancing customer satisfaction throughout the Emirate. There are three types of marine transport in Dubai: abras, ferries, and water taxis. The developer is in the process of coordinating the connection between Souk Al Marfa on Deira Island and Dubai Creek via two ferry lines and traditional abras. In the first quarter of this year, the new line is scheduled to be operational.