Three new abra stations have opened at the Dubai Water Canal
We’re not gonna lie, when we first heard that the Dubai Water Canal was going to introduce traditional abra services to its waters, we were excited. You can explore the city’s newest landmark via water travel, enjoy one of the UAE's traditions and, perhaps the coolest part, go under a motion sensored waterfall?
And, now after trying the only abra route at the Dubai Water Canal (Sheikh Zayed Road Marine Transport Station) about six times, we’re super excited to announce that the RTA have officially opened three new abra stations.
The Al Wasl, Jumeriah and Safa Park stations made their grand debut yesterday and will operate exactly like the Sheikh Zayed Station. Tourists and nautical enthusiasts can board the 20-seater abra for just AED25 at any time between 4pm and 11.30pm on weekdays.
There will also be water ferries and you can also charter out your own abra for AED300 an hour – this will come in handy when the first of the Dubai Water Canal’s ten floating houses are introduced.
The floating homes which form part of Admares’ Marasi Business Bay project will be fixed to the canal base and give the appearance that they are floating.
The homes will be built in Finland and transported to the UAE to take their place. According to Dubai Properties, these will be the first homes in the UAE to have both pedestrian and boat access. That’s not all, the water houses will also be near ‘floating restaurants’ – fancy.
While we patiently wait for the AED1 billion Marasi Business Bay project which will also feature two restaurants and a yacht club to open, here are five things that you can see and do at the Dubai Water Canal, aside from ride an abra that is…
1. Go under the motion sensored waterfall
It’s super cool and trust us, you’ll be tempted to do it again and again.
2. Explore the many cafes along the canal
They have some of the best shisha and coffee in town.
3. Go for a jog
The Dubai Water Canal stretches to a total length of 3.2km…seems longer though.
4. Get some food
There’s over 400 restaurants in the area.
5. Explore the tallest hotel in the world
The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai has 72 floors, boasts 1,600 rooms and suites and has over 10 restaurants.