For those people who have an Emirates NBD Go4It Credit Card, you can avail of a free ride on the Dubai Ferry either from Al Ghubaiba or the Marina and the details are shown below.
This information is from the Emirates NBD Website and is subject to change so please check before you travel.
There is also conflicting information about how many free tickets you can get and how often so please check with Emirates NBD.
One part of the Emirates NBD website is as follows:
Whereas there is also the following information:
Free rides on Dubai Ferry
Experience the scenic sites and greatest landmarks of Dubai in an all new way with the RTA Dubai Ferry.
The Dubai Ferry takes round trips on the waterfront route providing incredible views of landmarks such as Old Bastakiya, Gold Souk, Jumeirah beach, World Islands, Burj Al Arab and others.
The Dubai Ferry is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Your Go4it Card entitles you and one accompanying guest to a free ride on the Dubai Ferry. The Go4it Platinum provides a free ride in the Business class (Gold ticket). The Go4it Gold provides a free ride in the Economy class (Silver ticket). The exclusive rides for Go4it Cardholders are as per below schedule.
Route Description Schedule
F1 Round trip from Al Ghubaiba water transport station up to the area close to Burj Al Arab – 2 pm, 2nd Friday of the month
F2 Round trip from Marina Mall water transport station up to area close to the Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah – 2 pm, 4th Friday of the month
To avail of the benefit, you may arrive at the aforementioned station on any of the scheduled days. Entry is allowed on a first-come first-serve basis on presenting the Go4it Card.
The Dubai Ferry has a maximum capacity of 100 seats per trip (Economy 84, Business 14, Disabled 2). Additional guests will be charged as per the normal applicable rates of Dubai Ferry. Trip duration is approximately 1 hour. Ferry operation is subject to fair sea conditions.
You can also use your credit (and the debit) card as a Nol card to pay your transportation fares and parking tickets.
Every year the RTA run special ferry trips for New Years Eve to enable passengers to get a good view of the festivities that are happening over the Emirate and in particular the fireworks at the various venues. We expect there to be trips run on Dubai Ferry on New Years Eve 2017/18.
Tickets for these New Year ferry trips often sell out very fast and we get many queries on this website about how and when people can buy tickets for New Years Eve in Dubai.
However, it has been the case for the last few years (in fact for as long as these trips have been running) that the RTA only release information about the New Year ferry trips in the week before the date.
Tickets usually have to be purchased from the departure point or there is a number you can call to book.
We currently do not have the information for the Dubai Ferry for New Years Eve 2018/19 but we will update the site as soon as we can with details.
This is the information from last year (2016/17) which may or may not be the same for this year:
There are three sailings from the Marina, Al Ghubaiba and Dubai water Canal stations.
Boarding starts at 8:30 PM and the ferry leaves at 9 PM. It returns at 1:30 AM.
Prices are 300 dirhams for silver class and 450 dirhams for gold class.
Prices for children aged between two and 10 years old will be 50% of the adult price. Children under two travel free.
There will be no seating on the ferry.
You can book your tickets from the relevant marine station from today or you can phone the RTA on 800 9090 or mobile number 056-2190276 for more information.
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.