Commuters can now cross Dubai Creek in a wooden abra for Dh2 with the Dubai RTA starting formal operation of the new generation of traditional abras with enhanced features.
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For just Dh2, you can hop aboard one of many traditional boats, known as abras, to cross the creek that separates Bur Dubai from Deira, Dubai’s city centre.
A ride on the traditional wooden abras in Dubai Creek for Dh1 was part of the daily commute between Bur Dubai and Deira and also tourism in Dubai for several decades.
Boasting of a design conforming to the highest security, safety and environmental standards, these new abra water taxis were launched in December 2020.
A fare of Dh2 is fixed for commuting between Al Fahidi and Old Deira Souq line across Dubai Creek, RTA said on Sunday.
This is effective from 8am to 10:45pm from Saturday to Thursday. On Friday, the timing is from 10am to 11:45pm.
The new abras conform to the stipulations of the Dubai Universal Design Code for People of Determination featured by two slots for wheelchairs, and places for life jackets. Moreover, they are fitted with smart transportation systems, GPS, cameras and nol payment systems.
The new enhanced generation of traditional wooden abras have engines linked with the remote monitoring system, and advanced on-board sound and lighting systems.
Mohammed Abu Baker Al Hashmi, director of Marine Transport, Public Transport Agency, RTA said, “The aim of introducing these new, enhanced generation of traditional wooden abras, is to improve the mobility between different parts on Dubai Creek, and increase the exposure to fascinating marine views, while maintaining the traditional and historic nature of this type of transit means”.