You can now catch an abra from a floating station at Dubai Festival City

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Travelling to Dubai Festival City is now easier, thanks to a new floating marine transport station.

Mattar Al Tayer, director general of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), opened the smart station, which can hold 25 passengers.

It’ll link the Jadaf-Dubai Festival City line with public buses and Creek Metro Station. Abras run every 10 minutes from 7am-midnight between the two marine stations, at a cost of AED 2.

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OK, but what about the smart part? Hi-tech devices provide real-time passenger information, timetables of marine transport services and weather. Travellers can plan their journey and buy tickets in five languages: Arabic, English, Malayalam, Urdu, and Chinese. There’s also free Wi-Fi.

More than 245,000 riders used the Dubai Festival City Station in 2018, up from 187,000 in 2017.

The new smart station is the first of eight to be constructed by the RTA over the next couple of years. New marine transport stations are coming to Business Bay, Dubai Water Canal and the coast, which will bring the total number in Dubai to 55 by 2020.

Plan your journey on any kind of public transport at www.rta.ae

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