Fireworks spotters who have not yet found the ideal place to view the fireworks this New Year’s Eve have the option to venture out to sea, as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will deploy several of its vessels for the occasion.
“This service is offered in the context of RTA’s continued interaction with customers and all resources have been mobilised to provide a new experience through marine transit offering a chance to have stunning views of the New Year’s celebrations taking place at Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and The Atlantis through the Dubai Waterfront during a memorable water cruise for residents, visitors and tourists,” said Dr Yousef Al Ali, CEO, PTA.
Although all four marine transportation means – water bus, Dubai ferry, water taxi and the abra – will be out and about, the water taxi service has already been fully booked and is no longer available, informed the RTA.
The three services that are still available include the following:
Water bus will depart from Marina Terrace station in Dubai Marina for a three-hour trip, starting at 10pm. It will anchor nearby The Palm Jumeirah Bridge for the fireworks spectacle, and return to its departure place at 1am.
Ticket price: Dh100. Children are offered 50 per cent discount and kids under two are free.
Dubai Ferry will take off at the Marina Mall in Dubai Marina for a three-hour trip, starting at 10pm. At Burj Al Arab, it will drop anchor to allow its passengers to view the fireworks. It will return to its departure place at 1am.
Ticket price: Dh200 for Silver Class, Dh300 for Gold Class. Children are offered 50 per cent discount and kids under two are free.
Abra trip will take off at the newest marine station in Dubai: Festival City Station. From there, it will make an hour-long trip to the Dubai Creek area, which offers a generic view of the city. The trip takes off at 11pm and will be back at midnight.
Ticket price: Dh25
Passengers are requested to gather at least 30 minutes before take-off for all services on New Year’s Eve. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the departure stations.