It’s now easier to reach Old Dubai’s popular attractions by abra

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Two new transport lines have just been added to the Dubai Abra routes…

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have added two new of marine transport lines along Dubai Creek, making it easier to reach some of Old Dubai’s key attractions by abra.

Now you can travel from Al Sabkha across to Al Fahidi and back via abra, where you have the option to explore Al Fahidi Museum, Textile and Spice Souqs and Baniyas Square.

The second line will take you from Al Sabkha to Al Ghubaiba Stations and back. Here you will find metro, bus and marine stations to continue your journey as well as several more museums.

RTA have also increased the number of abras running throughout the day, and adjusted the frequency of rides to improve the waiting time for customers. The new changes aim to offer a better and more convenient service to those visiting and travelling around Dubai Creek.

 

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“The restructuring of marine transport lines and stations of Dubai Creek is part of our strategic plan to fulfill the needs of marine transport users. Lines have been increased from one to four. Al Fahidi and Al Sabkha Stations have been added to the existing stations of Al Seef, Baniyas, Dubai Old Souq and Al Ghubaiba,” said Mohammed Abubaker Al Hashimi, Director of Marine Transport at RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

Not ticket an abra ride off your bucket list yet?

Abras are half-boat, half-raft marine transport networks linking Deira and Bur Dubai. The motorised traditional abra costs just Dhs1 per journey , while the air conditioned newer abra will set you back Dhs2, and provides an authentic cultural way to explore the charm that Old Dubai has to offer.

A bucket list-must for anyone visiting Dubai, or residents yet to explore the more historical side of Dubai. While the charming boats may not reach the same speed as the private yacht you can hire for your next boat party, the abras succeed in creating an equally memorable experience. You can also book an abra privately to charter you around Dubai Creek for Dhs120 per hour.

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