Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina to have new marine transport stations
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) plans to open new marine transport stations in Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina shortly, according to a report in the ‘Al Ittihad’ newspaper.
The RTA will also cooperate with developers to undertake new projects in the Business Bay and Jumeirah Beach Residence areas, said Dr. Yousef Al Ali, CEO of the Public Transport Agency at RTA.
Meanwhile, 526,821 passengers used the city’s four means of marine transport -- water bus, ferry, electrical abra and water taxi -- in the past eight months.
267 marine transport trips are made every day – 211 by water bus, 11 by water taxi, seven by ferry and 38 by electrical abra.
Dubai Marine is the busiest station with an average of 566 passengers per day – 413 by water bus, 119 by ferry and 34 by water taxi.
Dr Ali said the electrical abra is becoming more popular in Burj Khalifa Lake.
The water bus covers mainly three areas, the first being from Marina Mall to Dubai running track.
“The second area is the Dubai Creek via regular trips for mass transport and it course starts from Al Seef area, Bani Yas station, Al Sabkha, Dubai Old Souk, and ends in Ghubaiba and vice versa,” he said.
The third area is Dubai Festival City where it is a tour starting from the station to the nature reserve in the creek .
The ferry makes regular tours starting from Ghubaiba. It takes about an hour to travel from Dubai Creek to Jumeirah Beach and return to the starting point.
There is a one-hour trip starting from Marina Mall along the Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah an JBR.
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