Water taxi & ferry stations to open along Dubai Canal
In a matter of days, you’ll be able to get a boat along Dubai Canal. On Saturday, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that they will be opening nine marine stations along the stretch of water, offering water taxis.
This will include four stations at Business Bay – Dubai Design District, Al Wajeha Al Maeyah, Marasi, and the Business Bay – and five along the canal – Sheikh Zayed Road, Safa Park, Al Wasl, Jumeirah, Dubai Canal stations.
The water taxis will be available from 10am until 10pm. “The Dubai Ferry will offer service in five stations, two at the Dubai Water Canal, and three at the Business Bay. There will be three newly scheduled two-way daily services for the Dubai Ferry from Al Jaddaf Station calling at Dubai Design District, Al Wajeha Al Maeyah, and Marasi stations in the Business Bay; and the Sheikh Zayed Road and the Dubai Canal stations in the Dubai Water Canal,” explained HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of Board of Executive Directors of RTA.
“The services will start at 10 am, 12 midday and 05:30 pm. The current line of the Dubai Ferry shuttling between Al Ghubaiba Station and Marina Mall Station will be modified to call the Dubai Canal Station. Thus, the Dubai Canal Station will link between Al Ghubaiba, Marina Mall, Business Bay and Al Jaddaf. Due attention has been given to the integration of other transit modes (buses, trains and taxis) in order to provide a smooth and safe service for commuters,” he added.
The Dubai Ferry is a Catamaran Low Wash structure (basically that means that it has a dual base). It’s fully air-conditioned and seats about 100 passengers (84 seats in the Silver Class, 14 seats in the Gold Class and 2 seats for the disabled). It’s 32 meters long, 7.6 meters wide and can travel at speeds of up to 24 knots.
The design is inspired by the shape of an abra. Much like the Dubai Ferry it has a dual base and an air-conditioned interior. Apparently the seats are so comfortable that they are similar to an aircraft’s Business Class seats, which recline up to 45 degrees and have LCD monitors. The water taxis can accommodate up to 11 people.
He’s a breakdown of the fare:
Dubai Ferry, Tourist Class
One station – AED15
Two stations – AED25
Tree stations – AED35
Four stations – AED45
Entire line – AED 50
Dubai Ferry, Gold Class
One station – AED25
Two stations – AED35
Tree stations – AED50
Four stations – AED60
Entire line – AED 75