Ride a traditional abra down Dubai Canal for AED25
Traditional abras are the latest mode of transport to travel down Dubai Canal, and you can now hop on for AED25 per person.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Saturday that the 20-seater abras are available from Sheikh Zayed Road Station for AED25, or AED300 per hour for charter. You can use the service between 4pm and 11.30pm on weekdays.
Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA's Public Transport Agency said, “The traditional abra, which would be available on demand, has a capacity to accommodate 20 riders (minimum 8 riders) and ferry them on a journey that starts off Sheikh Zayed Road Marine Transport Station. The fare is AED25 per rider or AED300 per hour for charting the abra. The service hours start from 4:00 pm to 11.30 pm during all weekdays. Tourist journeys on Dubai Ferry are also available on demand in case of congestion experienced by the traditional abra.”
The service is mainly targeted at tourists who can enjoy Dubai’s newest landmark. There is also a ferry service available if all abras are full.
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According to Al Ali, the RTA is expecting 23,000 people to use the service this year and it will be running tentatively for the next three months.
“The service is aimed at supporting RTA's pioneering efforts to provide tourist services capable of enhancing the profile of Dubai and bringing happiness to people, a strategic goal of RTA,” he added.
Riding along Dubai Canal will give you a better view of the emirate’s new waterway, along with the impressive new bridge and waterfall.
It may be targeted at tourists but… we’re still pretty keen to give it a try. And it’s certainly something that we’ll put on our to-do list for when we have visitors.