DUBAI // New ferry services and more stations will be launched this year to encourage residents and tourists to use water transport.
The ferry service that was inaugurated in 2011 runs from three terminals – Al Ghubaiba in Bur Dubai, Dubai Marina, and Al Mamzar in Deira.
“The Al Jaddaf and Dubai Festival City projects are under construction and are expected to be completed in August 2015,” said Dr Yousuf Al Ali, chief executive of the Roads and Transport Authority’s public transport agency.
“Other projects will be announced in the future. We are monitoring the demand closely and will put the required number of ferries in operation on time, as we match the demand with the supply.
“Tourists mainly use the services but already residents are using the Dubai Ferry, and we will create awareness campaigns to encourage the public to use water transport.”
The expansion plans are part of the RTA’s masterplan to increase marine transport in areas that are densely populated and hold tourist interest.
It merges with the authority’s aim to encourage tourists to use alternative means of transport and to ease the number of commuters on the roads in cars, taxis and buses.
Each air-conditioned boat can carry up to 100 passengers, with space for wheelchairs. The trips take about an hour and usually run in a loop around the terminals, apart from scheduled journeys between Al Ghubaiba and Dubai Marina. More info