Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority on Saturday launched a ferry service to commute passengers between Dubai and Sharjah.
The service from Al Ghubaiba Marine Station to Aquarium Marine Station is the first marine transit service operated between Dubai and any other emirate and is part of the RTA’s plan to improve marine transportation services.
The new line has a capacity to serve 1.3 million riders per year but could increase if demand rises. The service has a fare of AED15 in Silver Class and AED25 in Gold Class, and the journey is free for people of determination and children below five. Free WiFi connection will also be provided, a statement said.
The transit time will be about 35 minutes, and the service frequency is every 30 minutes during morning peak hours (from 5-9am) and evening peak hours (4-8.30pm) from Saturday to Sunday. The service interval will be one and a half hours during off-peak times.
The first journey will depart from Dubai at 5.15am and the last journey will leave at 8pm. From Sharjah, the first journey will be at 5am and the last one will depart at 7.30pm.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, said: “The new marine transit line boosts the cooperation between Dubai and Sharjah by offering more mobility options between the two emirates. It will ease the pressure on roads through offering a safe and quick marine transport solution. The ferry will be operating 42 journeys (21 in each direction) daily.”
Salah bin Butti, advisor of Planning and Survey Department and vice chairman of Urban Planning Council in Sharjah, added: “The concerned parties in both emirates are making relentless efforts to ease the traffic congestion fueled by the upswing seen by the UAE driven by the massive growth in the number of vehicles and other complexities relating to the geographical location of both emirates and highways connecting the UAE.
“To encourage the use of marine transit service, Aquarium Marine Station is being supported by a park-and-ride facility for up to 300 vehicles for marine transit users.”