Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed that the total ridership of marine transit modes in Dubai has clocked 7,182,435 riders during the first half of this year. Abras accounted for the biggest number of commuters ferrying as much as 6,867,348 riders. PHOTO:RTA Image Credit:

Dubai: Abras across the Deira Creek continue to be a popular mode of transport with 6.86 million commuters using the traditional boats in the first half of this year.

Dubai’s oldest mode of public transport is still the most popular among a variety of marine transport services offered by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), catering to more than 90 per cent of marine commuters.

According to the RTA, marine transport modes in Dubai have served 7.18 million commuters so far this year, with abras accounting for 6.86 million riders.

“Abras, be it traditional, electrical or air-conditioned, have once again accounted for the biggest share of ridership among marine transport modes, continuing with their popularity. The attractiveness of abras adds to their historical value combining a unique blend of the past and the future,” said Ahmad Behroozian, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

The Water Bus was a distant second, serving 199,430 riders, followed by the Ferry, which served 105,477 riders, and the Water Taxi, which served 10,180 riders.

“RTA always seeks to provide convenient services to marine transit users and tailor them to the needs and expectations of customers from mobility and tourist services, along with supporting logistical services such as safety means and new routes among others,” said Behroozian

He added that the Dubai coast offers a hospitable environment for marine transit mode riders spanning various community segments, especially tourists.

“Such transit means offer riders picturesque and panoramic view of Dubai beaches and skyline comprising historic buildings, luxury hotels, and imposing iconic landmarks at the backdrop of sea waves, in addition to Dubai Water Canal; offering a perfect and rich cruising experience,” he added.