Twelve new marine stations are expected to be built along the Business Bay Canal and Dubai Water Canal.
According to Dubai RTA, Marine transport operation will be improved as five of the upcoming terminals to be built at the Dubai Water Canal project is currently underway, while the remaining seven stations will be positioned at the Business Bay Canal by year 2018.
RTA is increasing the numbers of conventional fuel-powered abras of which the achievement rate in the built-up of five abras projects has went beyond 60 per cent.
Few years ago, RTA has completed a number of major projects likes retrofitting 149 abra engines, refurbishing abra ports and marinas, and introduction of the 36-seater water bus. The water bus is 12 meter long and 4 meter wide.
It weighs 7 tonnes and can run at a speed of 10-12 knots. It is equipped with double 185hp diesel-powered engines and was made to the maximum outstanding safety and protection standards.
In 2010, the RTA introduced the Water Taxi and was set up around the Dubai Creek and shores as an alternative fast transit method incorporated with the other transport channels in the emirate. It embodies a sleek design but still features the traditional abra shape. The modernity is evident on the shape of its roof which is similar to Dubai Metro stations. Fully air conditioned and relaxing 45 degrees reclining seats with remotely controlled LCD monitors at the back of the front seats and a food tray are the facilities which interior aesthetics of the water taxi features.
The launching of the biggest marine transportation, Dubai Ferry, made it possible to transport 100 riders. The ferry was intended to serve new areas not serviced by the marine transport channels. The ferry travels on Al Mamzar Beach, along the Dubai Creek, and around the shore line of Jumeirah Beach besides Dubai Marina and waterfronts areas.
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