Public Transport-Seawings MoU

Path of Route (F46), which links Ibn Battuta Metro Station with Jebel Ali area, will be extended to the Dubai Investment Park (2). (Supplied)

RTA Public Transport Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Seawings LLC; one of the largest seaplane tour operator in the UAE.

The MoU was signed on behalf of the Public Transport Agency by the CEO Eisa Abdul Rahman Al Dosari, and on behalf of the Seawings LLC by its CEO Stuart Wheeler.

"This agreement is an initial step to link the agency’s marine transport modes with Seawings’ floatplanes which can land/take off from water surface. This so-called "mating" between the two sectors undoubtedly marks the beginning of aerial-sea tour services, which will significantly boost Dubai's tourist profile in the region and the world over," said Al Dosari.

"This step manifests a new approach recently initiated by the RTA to increase and diversify its sources of income as this MoU constitutes a part of the investment plan developed by the agency for the year 2011 that provides for augmenting its revenues, besides enhancing the level of services rendered by the Agency to various community segments.

"By signing this MoU, the Public Transport Agency is seeking to hit key multiple objectives such as expanding the Water Taxi stations by adding a new station without being involved in additional costs, and initiating a joint effort to improve the performance of marine transport services, especially the Water Taxi by attracting visitors of the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club’s restaurant as well as hotels guests to use the Dubai Creek station.

"The agreement also opens up potential for cooperating in advertising and marketing of marine transit services, particularly noting that the Water Taxi will be profiled on Seawings’ brochure, which comprises a map of Dubai Emirate along with a visual presentation of the Water Taxi on displayed in an LCD screen at Seawings office at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa. The company will also promote the Water Taxi service as part of its promotional campaigns,” added Al Dosari.

Stuart Wheeler described the MoU as a vital and positive step towards expanding and developing the aerial-marine tours network in the Emirate of Dubai to cover a wide spectrum of tourists and visitors coming to Dubai from all over the globe to spend moments that lingers in the memory for many years to come.

"We, as a tour operator in Dubai, are proud to sign this agreement with the RTA, which will effectively contribute to expanding and uplifting several aspects of the tourist sector in a way that promotes the standing of Dubai as a leading regional hub for economic, commercial and tourism services. It will also enhance our profile as a leading tour operator in the region, thanks to the good reputation of the RTA manifested in an array of mass transit and supporting infrastructure projects," said Wheeler.

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