Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has formally started operating an enhanced version of the wooden Abra.
The boats have retained the traditional design but they are equipped with better security, safety and environmentally friendly features.
They conform to the stipulations of the Dubai Universal Design Code for People of Determination with two slots for wheelchairs, and easily accessible spaces for life jackets.
The new abras are also fitted with smart transportation systems, GPS, cameras and nol payment systems, while their engines are linked with a remote monitoring system.
"The fare of abra service on Al Fahidi – Old Deira Souq is two dirhams per person from Saturday to Thursday from 08:00 am to 10:45 pm. On Friday, the timing is from 10:00 am to 11:45 pm," said Mohammed Abu Baker Al Hashemi, Director of Marine Transport at the RTA's Public Transport Agency.
"The RTA plans to increase the number of marine transport stations to 59 stations by 2025 and manufacture 26 marine transport modes. It also plans to open new lines on Dubai Creek and the coastal strip along the Jumeirah beaches as well as new lines to serve the islands and the Dubai Water Canal," added Al Hashmi.