Dubai Water Transportation – Travel Guide

Dubai Water Transportation – Travel Guide

Dubai as a seaside port town and effective center for business activities, needs to transport goods and has always had a highly developed water transportation system. UAE water transportation includes water taxi, waterbus, dhows offering cruises and yacht rentals.

So do not miss to see and experience the water-life of Dubai.

If you want to escape the city’s traffic in style, taking the Dubai Water Taxi is the ideal choice. Travel to any of the 43 stations located all around the city while you enjoy the sweeping skyline views and get up-close to landmarks.

For more info, please call toll free No. 8009090 – Dubai RTA

Abras in Dubai

Abras are traditional means of water transport in the United Arab Emirates, considered as one of the oldest modes of transportation.

There are different types of Abras:

  1. The motorized Abra
  2. Rowing Abra’s 
  3. Waterbus in Dubai
  4. Water Taxi in Dubai
  5. Dubai Ferry service by RTA UAE
  6. Hybrid 20-Seater Abra

The motorized Abra

Enjoy across Dubai Creek sides, linking by that Deira and Bur Dubai areas, for an affordable fare.

Abra operation times are from 5 AM till 12 midnight, while Abra Route 2 runs 24hour a day.

Abra at  Burj Khalifa

Hours of Operation : Working Hours: 5:45 pm – 11:30 pm.

Ticket Price: 65 Dhs per person.

Where to purchase the tickets? Tickets available at The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride kiosk located at the Fountain Promenade and the At the Top, Burj Khalifa ticket counter.

For Further information visit this link

Global Village

Operation Hour:
4:00 pm – 12:00 pm.

Ticket price:
50.00 Dhs per trip.


Operation Hour:
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Ticket price:
65 Dhs per person.

Trip Duration:
20 Minutes

Al Memzar

60 Dhs for the full boat for 30 minutes ride

120 Dhs for the full boat for 60 minutes ride

Times of service: Sunday to Wednesday from 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Times of service: Thursday to Saturday and public holidays from 2 pm – midnight

Ramadan Timing: 8.00 pm – 1.00am

Rowing Abra’s 

Rowing Abra’s, manually rows-operated boats equipped with Asphalt-pitched side layers.

Waterbus in Dubai

The Waterbus is a highly advanced and modern water transit service providing luxury, comfort and further destinations to its passengers.

Dubai Water Transport - Water Bus in Dubai

Dubai Water Transport – Water Bus in Dubai

Dubai Creek.

Water Bus (Dubai Creek) Tariff Working Hours Frequency Time Route Map
From Al Seef station to Baniyas to Dubai Old Suok – (Turns Back) 2 AED (per Trip). Saturday To Thursday Fridays and Public Holidays 15 minutes View Map
7:00 am to 22:00 pm 10:00 am to 24 midnight

Traditional  Abra will operate at Dubai Creek instead of Water Bus

Dubai Marina.

Water Bus (Dubai Marina) Tariff Route Map Working Hours Frequency Time
>Saturday To  Thursday Thursday Fridays and Public Holidays
Marina Promenade –Marina mall 3 AED View Map From 10:00 am to 11:00 pm From 12:00 Midday to 12:00 Midnight 20 minutes

Peak times (4pm to 7pm) is 15 minutes

Marina Promenade –Marina Walk 8 AED View Map
Marina Promenade –Marina Terrace 11 AED View Map
Marina Mall –Marina Walk 5 AED View Map
Marina Mall –Marina Terrace 8 AED View Map
Marina Walk –Marina Terrace 3 AED View Map

Note: Total trip fare from Marina Promenade To Marina Terrace, Or vice versa is AED 11

One-Day Ticket for Water Bus Service at Dubai Marina is available. Click here to find out more.

Water Taxi in Dubai

Water Taxi is a luxury marine transport option.  The Water Taxi will come to the station nearest to your location to ferry you across  Dubai Creek and waterways anywhere you might wish.

Dubai Water Transport - Water Taxi in Dubai

Dubai Water Transport – Water Taxi in Dubai

Dial the toll-free number 8009090 for booking a water taxi in Dubai.

From 09:00 am to 10.00 pm

Tariffs and method of payment

  • You can pay in cash or credit cards, fare collection made by the Water Taxi operator.
  • The following table “Click Here” shows the cost of mobility between the Water Taxi stations.
  • You can hire the Water Taxi at a rate of 400 dirham per hour in the route of your choice. It is now possible for Water Taxi riders to log on to RTA’s portal at any time, follow simple & short steps to book rides on the Water Taxi at the time they wish, for more details please click here.

Dubai Ferry service by RTA UAE

Trips About the Trip Timings (24/7) Pick up point Fares Route
Al Ghubaiba – Dubai Marina Mall From Al Gubaiba to Marina. 11:00 ِAM, 1:00 PM,
6:30 PM
Al Gubaiba AED 75 (Gold Ticket) 14 seats
AED 50 (Silver Ticket) 84 seats (2 seats for special needs)
50% discount for the above ticket for children between 2 – 10 years.
You can pay in cash or credit card; fare collection made onboard.Tickets are also available at Al mamzar, Al Ghabiaba and Marina Station
View Trip Route
TOURISTIC TRIP (Evening Tea) From Al Gubaiba station toward the floating bridge and then turns back to Al Gubaiba station. 03:00  PM View Trip Route
Sunset Trip / Photography While navigating Dubai’s waterways passengers can enjoy Dubai’s sunset & sightseeings onboard of Dubai Ferry. 05:00  PM View Trip Route
Dubai Marina Mall – Al Ghubaiba From Dubai Marina Mall station to Al Gubaiba station 11:00 ِAM, 1:00 PM,
6:30 PM
Marina Station View Trip Route
Evening Tea Hot beverages are served onboard, as Dubai’s water landmarks surround your seat on Dubai Ferry 03:00  PM View Trip Route
Sightseeing & Photography   Passengers can enjoy Dubai’s sunset & the majestic landmarks onboard of Dubai Ferry . 05:00  PM View Trip Route
 Tourist round trip in Al Mamzar Tourist round trip On Request Prior 48 Hours Al Mamzer Station View Trip Route

Dial RTA on 8009090 to book ride or to know further details

Hybrid 20-Seater Abra

Ticket Price only AED2 fare between 2 stations

Read more about Hybrid 20 seater Abra

More attractions – Dubai Water Canal in UAE – click to read more

Information Courtesy: RTA

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