High-Speed water taxi Introduced at Yas Island
Yas Island, the UAE’s premier entertainment destination, announced its commencement of a new water taxi service to and from various locations at and around Yas Island.
This service is the latest visitor-friendly component to be added to Yas Island’s scaled up transportation offering, which already includes the new Yas Express shuttle service and the ADCB Bikeshare network powered by Cyacle.
Improving accessibility and connectivity among major attractions and locations around Yas Island and Abu Dhabi, the various means of transport complement Yas Island’s vision to create unique and exciting experiences for residents and visitors to Yas Island from across the globe.
H.E Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO of Aldar Properties said: “We are pleased to be able to sign this agreement with Jalboot. This new water taxi service will add significant value to the existing communities on Al Raha Beach and the main city of Abu Dhabi, future residents of Yas Island, and tourists alike. As we seek to continually enhance the experience of those living and working in our prime destinations, this will be yet another milestone that improves peoples’ lives.”
The water taxi will be an extra mode of transport for residents of Raha Beach—including Al Muneera, Al Bandar and Al Zeina— heading to Yas Marina and Yas Links, in addition to other Island locations in the future.
Mohammad Abdalla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral Asset Management stated: “This initiative will see us go beyond the Island's boundaries to connect this unique world-class destination with the rest of the Emirate. By forging this partnership, we’re ensuring that the Yas Island experience is accessible to all visitors and Abu Dhabi residents – and that they never miss any of the action that awaits them on the island!”
The service will also connect with the high-speed ferry service that Jalboot currently operates around Abu Dhabi city, stopping at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi Mall, Etihad Towers and Fairmont Hotel.
Chakib Bouayad, Group CEO of Emirates Consortium stated: “I am proud of the strategic partnership among Miral, Aldar and our subsidiary Jalboot Marine Network, which will see an expansion of our existing services into the Yas and Raha Beach area with a local water taxi offering. We welcome residents and visitors alike to avail of our service, which is part of our commitment to Abu Dhabi’s 2030 Vision.”
The service will operate ‘on demand’ around Yas Marina, Al Bandar and Al Muneera from February 1 to February 13, 2017, after which all services are to be implemented based on polling results gathered from interested individuals through a questionnaire available on Jalboot’s Facebook page. Tickets are available on board, with no prior reservation required. More information on the service is available at www.jalboot.ae, or by dialling 600 57 57 56.
Today, the Yas Express operates a complimentary island shuttle service available to all visitors. Its four routes connect all major attractions and hotels on Yas Island through designated bus stops, with separate schedules and pick up points. The service, launched on January 1, 2013 is an optimized transport service that enhances overall visitor experience at Yas Island.