The Dubai Ferry is a recent addition to the Emirate’s expanding public and tourist transport system. In the last few years Dubai has seen the opening of the Dubai Metro, the Palm Monorail and in the next year the Al Sufouh Tram will also open to the public.
In most countries the term ‘ferry’ would imply a boat that takes you from one place to another for more of a public transport purpose. However, although the Dubai Ferry is run by the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority), the Ferry is more of a tourist trip as there are two trips that are run on the Dubai Ferry and they start at the ferry station, tour round areas of local interest, and return to the same station, with each trip lasting for an hour.
The two stations served by the Dubai Ferry are at either end of Dubai in Al Ghubaiba and in Dubai Marina. The ferry runs 4 times a day, twice from each location, for a duration of an hour and the boats are designed for comfort with a snack bar on board and facilities for two classes of passenger as well as two spots for those in wheelchairs. There are tickets available for gold class and silver class passengers just like on the Dubai Metro, so you can choose your level of comfort. As the ferries are very new they are also very modern and stylish.
The Dubai ferry was opened in 2011 and each boat can take up to 100 passengers. Although it is scheduled to run at certain times, it will only run if there are a minimum of 10 passengers on each trip. The boats can also be hired for private use from the RTA on hourly rental charter packages either with or without seats installed.
The Dubai Ferry can be a great option for tourists as it enables them to see the city from the sea and get a view of some of the most popular parts of Dubai including the Burj al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah at a great price. Other options for this kind of tourist trip exist but are usually much more expensive so it is worth taking a trip on the Ferry if you are on holiday in Dubai.