DUBAI- The Public Transport Agency, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has launched a new tourist marine transit service through operating electricity-powered traditional abras at Al Mamzar Lake starting from a point just off Al Mamzar Park.
Hussain Khansaheb, Director of Marine Transport at RTA Public Transport Agency, revealed that the service will be kicked off by deploying 3 abras and the number can be increased depending on the growth of demand for the service by marine transport enthusiasts.
“Through this service we are seeking to broaden and enhance the scope of marine transit means in the Emirate of Dubai and contribute to leveraging the tourist movement in the Emirate through providing this enjoyable mass transit means for residents, tourists and visitors hailing from all corners of the globe,” continued Khansaheb.
“Tickets vary according to the duration of the trip ranging from 60 dirham for charting the entire boat in a single 30-minute excursion, to 120 dirham for charting the entire boat in a single 60-minute excursion. The service timings will be from 10 am to 1 pm, and from 4 pm to 8 pm. During the holy month of Ramadan, the service will be provided from 8 pm to 1 am of the following day.
“Deploying traditional abras as a fun transit means at Al Mamzar Lake is a significant step signaling RTA’s endeavours to boost its profile among various community segments and add an urban touch to this locality by bolstering the marine tourist movement, especially during the tourist season; which is marked by lovely conditions and huge turnout from residents, visitors, and tourists descending on the area to enjoy cruises aboard mass transit means,” added the Director of RTA Marine Transport.
It is note-worthy that traditional abras used at Mamzar Lake are sustainable and environment-friendly since they are powered by electricity. Each boat has a capacity to load 20 riders.