RTA deploys electric abras to serve Global Village visitors 1-1664970948763
File photo of abra boats at Global Village Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will begin operating electric abra (traditional boat) tourist services for visitors at Global Village starting from October 25, in conjunction with the start of the attraction’s 27th season.

Mohammed Abu Bakr Al Hashemi, director of Marine Transport, Public Transport Agency, RTA, said: “RTA is always keen on running the electric abra service with the start of the Global Village season every year, especially as abras had proved extremely popular among visitors. By offering riders an opportunity to board a transit means powered by renewable energy, we intend to generate a positive experience that will contribute to the growth of tourist numbers in the Global Village. The positive response is evident from the huge footfall of residents and visitors.”

He added: “We approved a plan to operate two electric abras to serve guests of the Global Village this season. The service proved extremely popular amongst visitors over the past seasons. Each year, the Global Village plays a vital role in enhancing Dubai’s tourism during the winter season. RTA is committed to growing tourist numbers by running a wide range of public transport services, including marine transport represented by abras, Dubai Ferry, Water Bus and Water Taxi.”

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Marine transport

Marine transport means are part of RTA’s core services. They are particularly appealing to tourists, as riders experience the picturesque views and the iconic landmarks of the city during their journeys in Dubai.

All amenities are available on board, and safety and security measures are in place. They also feature designated spaces for people of determination as well as spaces for bikes and scooters to facilitate integration between different transport means and support soft mobility.