The RTA has announced the timings for all means of public transport on the occasions of the Prophet Muhammed’s Birthday, Commemoration Day and National Day.
For the Dubai Ferry, there is no change to the normal daily timings and routes which are shown on the Routes page.
All routes run 7 days a week and are as shown on the routes page unless advised otherwise.
It is likely that on the occasion of the public holidays that the ferries will be busier than usual and some of the more popular trips may book up quicker than others (e.g. from the Marina).
People are advised to get to the ferry terminal with 30 minutes or so to spare so that they can purchase tickets at the relevant ticket office for their trip (no tickets can be bought online or in advance yet).
The trips from Al Jadaf have been less busy since they have been introduced and you can access the Marine Station very easily from Dubai Creek Metro Station.
This is a spotlight post on Al Jadaf Ferry Terminal. This is the starting point for ferry trips that run up the Dubai Water Canal to the Marine Station there.
Walk From the Metro
Al Jadaf Marine Station is only a short walk from the Creek Metro station. It takes only a couple of minutes to walk from the Metro station to the Marine Station. Upon arrival at the Marine Station there is an air conditioned waiting room with seats where you can await your ferry or abra trip.
From Al Jadaf Marine Station you can not only get a ferry trip up the canal, you can also get an abra trip over to Festival City, which only takes a few minutes and so is a good route over that way if you do not have a car.
Ferries leave 3 times a day to go up the canal from Al Jadaf at 10am, 12pm and 5.30pm. The full trip takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes to Dubai Water Canal Station where you can link up with the ferries that go to Dubai marina and Al Ghubaiba.
If you take the 5.30pm trip from Al Jadaf in the cooler months then you can see the sun set over the Burj Khalifa, so this is a lovely trip to take.
You could go as far as the Sheikh Zayed Road station (this is 4 stops and will cost 40 dirhams in silver class). Once you get there – it arrives at 6.55pm – you can wait for 5 minutes to see the spectacle of the colourful waterfall on the bridge over the canal.
From here you can take a walk along the canal and go over any of the new bridges there, or you can walk to the nearest Metro station, Business Bay, which will take you about 15 minutes.
An evening trip on the ferry along the canal is a great trip to take if you have visitors staying with you in Dubai. It gives you a great view of some key sights in Dubai and is a nice relaxing journey. The 5.30pm trip also gives you time to get dinner at one of the nearby hotels. The W Hotel Dubai Al Habtoor City is just across the road from the Ferry Stop.