Revealed: how Dubai Canal marine transport will look in 2030
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has endorsed a three-phase 10-year plan to improve marine transport services on Dubai Water Canal.
The 2020-2030 plan envisages upgrading marine transit services to keep pace with the urban development on the two shores of the canal.
The initial phase, which is already underway, includes modifying the current marine transport line on the canal to link Jaddaf, Dubai Design District and Sheikh Zayed Road Stations.
The revised line excludes Marasi Station and endorses the deployment of the Water Bus instead of Dubai Ferry to run the service while the Water Taxi service at these stations remains unchanged.
Mohammed Abu Bakr Al Hashimi, director of Marine Transport at RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said abra service will be running on two new lines to commute riders between the Al Wajeha Al Maeyah, Marasi and Sheikh Zayed Road Stations.
"By 2020, marine transit modes will be beefed up to include two water buses on the revised line, and three abras on the new line. The plan contributes to shortening the service frequency and meeting the needs of riders on these lines."
The second phase to 2025 covers the operation of nine stations in the central sector of the canal over and above the existing stations, which will be served by five new lines.
It involves modifying the current line of the Water Bus to serve two stations, namely Dubai Creek Marina Station and Business Bay Promenade Station, while one Water Bus and five abras will be added in 2025 and 2026, added Al Hashimi.
The third phase includes the addition of four stations on the Dubai coastal line - Jumeirah 2, Al Safa 2, Sheikh Zayed
Road 2, and Godolphin, served by one waterbus and two ferries that will bring the total number of water transport modes in the network to four waterbuses and 10 abras by the end of the plan.
“The improvement of water transport services on the Dubai Water Canal is linked to the projected development on the shores of this vital facility. The plan has been conceived following the assessment of the current services and the listing of marine transport assets and lines,” said Al Hashimi.