The fare for a single journey across the creek is Dhs.1, and the abras run from 5am to midnight. There are four abra stations, two on the Deira side near the souks and two on the Bur Dubai side near the Ruler’s Court. The RTA manages a fleet of air-conditioned water buses costing Dhs.4 per round trip. There are two routes across the creek and four stations. Route 2 between Al Sabkha Station and Dubai Old Souk Station operates 24 hours a day.
A route opened in February 2013 between the Festival City Station and Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. There is also the Dubai ferry service – two excellent value sightseeing trips aimed at tourists. The first Dubai ferry makes the round trip from Al Ghubaiba station in Bur Dubai to Burj Al Arab and back and the second goes from Dubai Marina Mall and turns around near Atlantis The Palm. Each journey lasts around an hour and cost Dhs.50 for silver class and Dhs.75 for gold class, with four trips per day.
The RTA launched the first phase of a new water taxi project in mid-2010. An initial five luxury 10-seater boats shuttle passengers between 26 stops, stretching from JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort to Festival City. Fares range from Dhs.50 to travel one stop, up to a hefty Dhs.570 to travel the whole route. Water taxis are available between 10am and 10pm and some routes are available for families to book at a reduced price.
Tourists can also book a water taxi for an hour for Dhs.400; the number to call is 800 9090 or now you can book trips and find more details of the routes on RTA's website at rta.ae. The RTA has also announced future marine transport stations for the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina – check the RTA website for up-to-date information.
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