A “new-generation” set of traditional wooden abras has been launched in Dubai. It replicates the design of the existing abras, the Roads and Transport Authority stated.
Dubai , Dubai
27 December 2020, 12:00 AM
31 December 2020, 12:00 AM
Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has launched the enhanced new generation of traditional wooden abras replicating the same design of the existing abras while conforming to the highest security, safety and environmental standards.
Abras are one of the most important and the oldest marine transport services in Dubai.
The new set is manufactured of the African teak wood; measures 35 feet in length and 10.5 feet in width; and has a draft of 5.5 feet. It can accommodate 20 passengers and is powered by a 78 hp diesel engine, compared to the 30-hp engine of the old ones.
The new abras conform to the stipulations of the Dubai Universal Design Code for People of Determination, and have designated spaces for two wheelchairs.
Among the key changes introduced is the driver seat is relocated to have a better view compared with the low-level location of traditional ones.
The engines in the enhanced versions are linked with the remote monitoring system. Life jackets are placed under the seats to make them more accessible to passengers when needed. They are fitted with smart transportation systems, GPS, cameras and nol payment systems.
The RTA has also improved the position of the engine by placing it in a closed chamber. The engine room is fitted with anti-vibration system and soundproofing to reduce noise pollution. The boat is equipped with hydraulic steering to improve driving and manoeuvring.