New abra routes to Dubai’s most affordable attractions

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More abras are coming to Dubai Creek’s waterways.

There are now two new lines between Al Sabkha in Deira and Al Fahidi in Bur Dubai, adding to existing stations of Al Seef, Baniyas, Dubai Old Souq and Al Ghubaiba.

The Al Fahidi route links to some of Dubai’s most interesting and affordable tourist attractionsAl Fahidi Museum and the Textiles and Spices Souqs. In Deira you’ll find the Perfume Souk and Women’s Museum.

Visitors can traverse the waters on one of the Roads and Transport Authority’s new air-conditioned abras for AED 2 each way.

Good news on existing routes too. At Al Seef and Baniyas Stations, journey times are down from 30 to 11 minutes, because the number of abras on the water have increased from four to seven.

Mohammed Abubaker Al Hashimi, director of Marine Transport at RTA’s Public Transport Agency, says: “The restructuring of marine transport lines and stations of Dubai Creek is part of our strategic plan to fulfil the needs of marine transport users.”

A cross between a boat and an open raft, traditional wooden abras have been a feature of Dubai’s waterways for many decades. Then there’s the newly launched hybrid abra that’s powered by the sun...

If you prefer something more enclosed – and don’t mind paying AED 68.25 per adult and AED 52.5 for children – catch a ferry between The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall.

The once-a-day service runs between the Dubai Marina ferry station, behind the Dubai Marina Mall and Al Wajeha Al Maeyah station, behind Bay Square. From here a complimentary shuttle service will take guests to The Dubai Mall and back.

For more information on the RTA’s abra services, visit


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