Kate-Lynne Wolmarans22 Nov 2017 AT 05:02 PM

You can now cruise around Dubai Marina in fancy new abras

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Kate-Lynne Wolmarans22 Nov 2017 AT 05:02 PM
You can now cruise around Dubai Marina in fancy new abras
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The Dubai Road and Transport Authority has just announced that it will be replacing a number of water taxis with fancy new, fully air conditioned abras.

The initiative forms part of the RTA’s plan of improving the city’s marine service.

“The teams of Marine Transport Department are replacing several water buses with new, air-conditioned and more convenient abras at the Dubai Marina. These abras are operationally efficient and offer riders a chance to commute and enjoy the picturesque sceneries of Dubai at the same fare with no hike at all,” the CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency, Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali explains.

If you’re new to Dubai and are looking to experience taking one of the oldest means of transport in the region, here’s three places to do so.

Dubai Creek
The Dubai Creek is filled with history and culture which can be seen from its architecture and the many products sold – dates, spices and gold, are just a few of the bargains that you can expect to bag. The abra ride is roughly eight minutes long and costs just AED1. In short, it’s the one to choose if you’re looking to experience the mode of transport in its traditional form.

Dubai Canal
At AED25, the abra ride at the Dubai Canal is a bit more expensive than those offered at the Dubai Creek but it is still worth a visit. This is mainly because of the view and the motion sensored waterfall.

Madinat Jumeirah
If you want to take in the magic that is Madinat Jumeirah, you have to do so by abra. The luxury resort’s abra offering is 20 minutes long and costs AED85 per person (AED50 for kids).

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