Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced changes in the marine transit network of Dubai Creek to meet the growing demand of users.
RTA has increased the marine transport lines from one to four and has added new two marine stations, Al Fahidi (Bur Dubai) and Al Sabaka (Deira), to the list of existing stations which includes Al Seef, Baniyas, Dubai Old Souq And Al Ghubaiba.
A new line between the new stations Al Sabkha and Al Fahidi has been introduced for tourists who want to visit several tourist attractions in areas such as Al Fahidi Museum, Textiles and Spices Souqs and Baniyas Square.
The second line links Al Sabkha and Al Ghubaiba Stations.
The number of abras in service has been increased from four to seven to further serve the new lines, and the frequency of the line between Al Seef and Baniyas Stations has been increased to reduce passenger waiting time.
Mohammed Abubaker Al Hashimi, Director of Marine Transport at RTA’s Public Transport Agency said, “The restructuring of marine transit lines operating on Dubai Creek is bound to have several deliverables such as increasing the number of services by 15% and shortening the journey time from 30 to 11 minutes, which translates into an improvement rate of about 61%. Accordingly, the ridership is expected to grow by 39%.”