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Sep 29 2014

RTA deploys 5 modern abras in Dubai Creek


RTA deploys 5 modern abras in Dubai Creek


RTA has launched the operation of five modern abras, featuring a heritage-inspired design emulating the shape of traditional abras, shuttling in Dubai Creek. These new abras are being deployed on four lines, linking five stations: Baniyas, Al Sabkha, Al Ghubaiba, Dubai Old Souk, and Al Fahidi station, which is an alternative station for Al Seef station, that has been closed temporarily to give way for development work undertaken by Meraas Company in the surrounding area. Three of these lines now link Baniyas station with Al Fahidi, Dubai Old Souk and Al Sabkha stations, and the fourth line links Dubai Old Souk station with Al Ghubaiba station.


The new abras is part of RTA’s master plan for upgrading the marine transport in the Emirate of Dubai as it is considered a vital transit mode, used by 13 million riders per annum. The plan envisages the construction of 12 new marine transport stations at the Business Bay Canal and the Dubai Water Canal by 2018. Thus, the number of marine transport stations in Dubai Creek as well as the Business Bay Canal and Dubai Water Canals will rise to 18 stations. The plan also includes the operation of the Dubai Creek lines, the coastal line along Jumeirah beaches, and lines to serve new islands, in addition to lines in the Business Bay Canal and the Dubai Water Canal.

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