Dubai Creek can now be crossed in an electric abra
For those residents who reside in Dubai, they all have traversed the waters in an abra. But this time Dubai takes their abra to the next level by making it electric. This is completely different from the conventional mode of the heritage transport. Well, not completely, but at least mechanically.
For those of whom who haven’t crossed the Dubai Creek on an abra, it should be included in your bucket list. But sometimes, during the summer months, like now, even a very short journey can be extremely hot and unbearable.
This is where the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have come into effect using their wise intelligence once again. The RTA has launched a fleet of all new electric-powered abras. The purpose of these abras are to make the travel for the travelers and the experience of travelling in a relatively much more pleasant experience when going back and forth the city’s iconic waterway.
These all-new abras are completely enclosed and comes completely air-conditioned. However, they still resemble the same design as that of the classic abra. They work a little differently, however.
It is quite expensive when looking at the previous and current rates to travel on these abras. While the previous rates were AED 1 for getting across, these come in at AED 60 for 30 mins and AED 120 for a full hour, per person.
The boats depart from three principal stations along Dubai Creek: Al Seef, Baniyas and Festival City.
Director of Marine Transport at the RTA, Nazim Faisal said, “The launch of the electric abra service hits multiple targets. It broadens the marine transport network, and serves tourist activities on Dubai Creek; which is attracting a growing number of tourists and marine tourism.”