The abra service at Dubai Water Canal started operations in February 2017 for an initial trial period of 3 months. The RTA announced that this expansion to the abra routes would provide more opportunities for tourists and residents to see the sights of Dubai from the water.
The service runs on demand from the Sheikh Zayed Road Marine Transport Station from 4pm until 11.30pm.
The cost of a trip is 25 dirhams per rider for a tourist trip from the Marine Transport Station but there needs to be a minimum of 8 riders for the trip to run.
Otherwise the abra can be hired for 300 dirhams for an hour and takes a maximum of 20 passengers.
This abra service gives a lovely view of the route along the Dubai Water Canal which opened recently including the fountain that runs off the bridge over Sheikh Zayed Road – and no, you don’t get wet when going under the fountain in a boat as it is automatically turned off when boats pass underneath!