With the commencement of services on the Dubai Ferry in the Dubai Water Canal, there have been a number of questions and comments on this site about those services and whether they are actually running.
The Dubai Water Canal is definitely a work in progress and there is still a lot of work to be done before the whole area along the canal is finished and it looks likely that this will take some time despite the work being ongoing right now.
However, the ferry services are running as advertised. Some of the stations may not be so easy to find as they seem to be in the middle of somewhat deserted areas, and the Dubai Water Canal Station is one of those, but it is there!
In terms of the Dubai Water Canal Station, you can approach it along the Beach Road from either side as it is pretty well signposted, but it is on the Deira side of the canal so that might be the approach of choice.
Once you take the slip road towards the sea, on the right side of the bridge that crosses the canal, you need to follow a bit of a winding path through somewhat deserted roads until you come to a small parking area just in front of the marine station.
The roads do look like they are still being built and the parking area is not too busy but you will see the Dubai Canal Marine Transport Station in front of you.
The current timings of the ferry from the Dubai Water Canal Station are as per below – please note that if they are changed in future, they will be updated on the Routes/Timings page so it is probably worth checking there for up to date information.
Some big changes are coming to the routes for the Dubai Ferry.
A day after the Dubai Canal is due to open at the end of the month, the RTA has announced that there will be additional ferry services using the canal, as well as some changes to existing services.
HE Mattar al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the RTA announced:
“The Dubai Ferry will offer service in five stations, two at the Dubai Water Canal, and three at the Business Bay. There will be three newly scheduled two-way daily services for the Dubai Ferry from Al Jaddaf Station calling at Dubai Design District, Al Wajeha Al Maeyah, and Marasi stations in the Business Bay; and the Sheikh Zayed Road and the Dubai Canal stations in the Dubai Water Canal. The services will start at 10 am, 12 midday and 05:30 pm. The current line of the Dubai Ferry shuttling between Al Ghubaiba Station and Marina Mall Station will be modified to call the Dubai Canal Station. Thus, the Dubai Canal Station will link between Al Ghubaiba, Marina Mall, Business Bay and Al Jaddaf. Due attention has been given to the integration of other transit modes (buses, trains and taxis) in order to provide a smooth and safe service for commuters,” explained Al Tayer.
“The fare of the tourist class of the Dubai Ferry will be AED15 to one station, AED25 to two stations, AED35 to three stations, AED45 to 4 stations, and AED50 over the entire line. The fare of the gold class will be AED25 to one station, AED35 to two stations, AED50 to three stations, AED60 to 4 stations, and AED75 over the entire line. ” added Al Tayer.
During Eid al Adha the timings of Dubai Ferry do not normally change and 2016 is no exception with the same services running at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6.30pm.
See the routes/timings page for details of each trip and whether it is a round trip or a trip between the two ferry stations.
Also remember that round trips only run where there are more than 10 passengers although during Eid it is likely that the trips will be reasonably busy so it may be best to arrive a little bit early to ensure you get a place on your selected trip.
The RTA has announced public transport timings for the holiday of Eid al Fitr and as such Dubai Ferry will resort to its usual timings which can be found on this page: http://www.dubai-ferry.com/routes/
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.
So we went to check out the exact location of the Al Mamzar ferry, which was announced as a new route for the Dubai Ferry by the RTA in October 2014. The route was supposed to run every Thursday and Friday but as of now (November 2015), the route does not run at all due to lack of demand.
Instead you can take the water taxi or an abra ride from the Al Mamzar Marine Station which is located at Al Mamzar beach, just before the entrance to the Al Mamzar Beach Park.
It looks unlikely that the ferry will run from Al Mamzar at any time soon so you will need to take a trip from either the Marina or Al Ghubaiba at the present time.