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Dubai Ferry – New Years Eve 2017/18

dubai ferry new year 2017/18
The RTA runs ferry trips at New Year to see the fireworks in Dubai
New Years Eve

Every year the RTA run special ferry trips for New Years Eve (31st December) 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.

This year is no exception and the RTA has in fact increased the number of trips that it will be running for 31st December 2017 by laying on extra boats at additional locations.

Trip Details

The RTA has announced that the trips will run from Marina Mall Station (Dubai Marina), Ghubaiba Station, Dubai Festival City Station (Dubai Creek) and Sheikh Zayed Road Station (Dubai Water Canal). However, there is no ferry stop at Festival City so we are checking to see if this is actually from Al Jadaf.

The trips all commence at 9pm (with boarding from 8.30pm) and go on until 1.30am allowing passengers a full evening’s viewing of the festivities from the water.

Last year there was no seating on the ferry trips so this may well be the case this year too.


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.

This year details have been announced earlier than usual which gives people more time to book.

Ticket prices are 300 AED for silver class tickets and 450 AED for gold class. Children between 2 and 10 years old pay half price and under 2s go free.

If you want to buy your tickets then you need to go to the relevant departure point where you wish to take the trip and book at the ticket office there.

There is no other way of booking at the moment. If you are not in the country at present then you will need to find someone to book for you.

You can get further information about the trips by calling the RTA on the toll free number 800 9090 or else use the mobile number 050 7932662.

This year is set to be bigger and better than ever!


UPDATE: There are refreshments available on board to purchase as there is a small refreshment bar on the Ferries. You can also bring your own small snacks and soft drinks with you. There is no meal included in the ticket price.


Dubai Ferry Timings for Eid al Fitr 2017

The RTA has announced the timings for the Dubai Ferry for the holiday of Eid al Fitr 2017.

Normal Timings

The ferry services will all return to their normal timings after some of them were suspended for Ramadan and you can see the specific details of the timings and trips here.

Additional Trip

In addition to the standard trips, a new trip has been added for Eid al Fitr which is a round trip service from Sheikh Zayed Road Station that will operate between 6pm and Midnight.

The trip lasts around an hour and the cost is the same as the standard trips that run from the Marina and Al Ghubaiba – i.e. 50 dirhams for Silver class and 75 dirhams for Gold class. It is free for under 5s and full price for over 5s.

It is a round trip that departs and returns to Sheikh Zayed Road Station and does not stop at any other marine stations.

A summary of the trips running throughout Eid is shown below:


Watch Al Gaffal from Dubai Ferry

Once again in 2017 the RTA is offering spectators the chance to watch the traditional dhow race known as Al Gaffal from the Dubai Ferry.

The race takes place on Saturday 13th May 2017 in the waters around the Burj al Arab.

The traditional dhow boat race aims to remind people of the historic past of the UAE and to revive old customs.

Anyone who wishes to watch the race from the Dubai Ferry can contact one of these numbers for tickets: 050 2182767 or 056 2190276.

Dubai Ferry Tickets New Years Eve 2016/17

Tickets are available from today for New Years Eve special sailings to view the fireworks.

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.

Tickets for New Year usually sell out very very quickly so you are advised to get yours as soon as possible if you wish to travel on these special trips.

Dubai Ferry Tickets for New Year’s Eve 2015/16 Available

Thanks to our eagle eyed readers we have been notified that the tickets for New Year’s Eve 2015 are now on sale.

You can buy your tickets at either the Dubai Marina or the Al Ghubaiba Ferry Station ticket office. Unfortunately tickets for the Dubai Ferry are not available to purchase in advance online, you will need to go to the ticket office or you can call 056-2190276 to book tickets.

A reader reported that Ticket prices are: Gold Adult – 375 dirhams, Silver Adult –  250 dirhams and children aged  from 2 years old to 10 years old are able to get tickets at half price (children under 2 go free). However, tickets have been advertised in the press at 300 dirhams for gold class and 200 dirhams for silver class.

The trip starts at 10pm at the Dubai Marina Ferry station and goes around the Palm with a stop at the Burj al Arab to get a good view of the fireworks and then returns to the Marina at 1am.

Tickets for New Years Eve usually sell very fast so it is worth trying to get them as soon as possible.

Dubai Ferry NYE 2014/15

Details have now been announced on the Dubai Ferry trip for New Years Eve 2014 which will run at 10pm from the Dubai Marina station. Tickets will cost 200 dirhams for silver class and 300 dirhams for gold class and these can be bought in advance from the ferry terminal itself which is near Marina Mall. Tickets for under twos are free and children get a 50% discount.

The trip will last 3 hours and will anchor off the Burj al Arab in order to view the fireworks. Tickets are likely to sell out fast so it is advisable to book as soon as possible.

You can contact the RTA on their free number 800 9090 for more information.

If the Dubai Ferry is booked then it may be worth taking a trip on an abra – there will be trips running at 11pm from the Dubai Festival city abra station which last an hour and give you a view of the creek.


Al Gaffal Race – Watch it on Dubai Ferry

The RTA is running s special tour on the Dubai Ferry service for people who want to watch the Al Gaffal sailing race on Saturday 17th May. This is a great vantage point to watch the traditional race which will include 60 foot dhows.

Anyone interested in booking a place on the Dubai Ferry to watch the racing should call 050-5875531 or 04-3963135.

Ferry Services Operating for New Year’s Eve

The RTA has said it will be deploying the Dubai Ferry shortly before the New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Palm this evening. This will enable people to get a good view of the world record attempt at the most fireworks that is happening on the Palm. However it is not clear whether reservations for these ferry services are being taken or whether it will be on a first come first served basis…

The ferries will depart from Al Saif and Dubai Marina.