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Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) completes revamping of four traditional abra stations on Dubai Creek. Image Credit: RTA

Dubai: Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revamped four traditional abra stations on Dubai Creek.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA said that the traditional abra stations have been revamped to enhance the experience of abra riders, and step up security and safety at marine transport stations used by 14 million riders annually.

The project also aimed to fulfil the requirements of the Dubai Universal Design Code for People of Determination and increase the capacity of Bur Dubai Station by 33%.

Mattar Al Tayer

“The launch of this project is part of RTA’s master plan for overhauling marine transport systems in Dubai, which is recognised as a primary mobility mode. The plan envisages the development of four key stations: Bur Dubai Model Station, Deira Old Souq Station, Dubai Old Souq Station, and Sabkha Station,” added Al Tayer.

He noted that the marine transport has seen consistent growth in terms of the transportation modes, stations, and riders since the inauguration of the Dubai Water Canal linking the Dubai Creek to the coastal area.

“The sector is poised to see further improvement with the completion of the urban and touristic amenities on the shores of the canal as well as the construction of marine stations. It plans to make marine transport means the ideal mobility choice for citizens, residents and tourists savouring picturesque tourist and urban structures overlooking the Dubai Creek, Water Canal and beaches,” he added.

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Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) completes revamping of four traditional abra stations on Dubai Creek. Image Credit: RTA

He further said: “The revamping of Bur Dubai model station took into consideration maintaining the historic and cultural identity, providing advanced amenities for users, building a sheltered outdoor space, offering retail outlets to serve abra riders and visitors, and upgrading the technological systems of the station. In a commitment to sustainability, the materials used in construction are environmentally friendly and durable, which will cut maintenance costs and extend asset lifespan by 10%, besides reducing carbon emissions.”

RTA has already started the revamping of the Deira Old Souq station and charted plans to develop the Old Dubai Souq and Al Sabkha stations in the fourth quarter of 2024.