Marine transport ridership: impressive growth

Marine transport ridership: impressive growth

Dubai’s marine lines ferry 5.7m riders in H1

01 September 2021

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) transported 5,734,244 riders across its marine transport during the first half of this year, compared to 4,694,870 riders during the same period last year, a report said.

The figure reflects a 20.3 per cent increase in ridership of RTA’s water transport means, namely the ferry, abra, water taxi and water bus, reported Emirates News Agency Wam.

"The growth of marine transport ridership posted in the first half of this year is indicative of a recovery in this vital sector in Dubai and the UAE. It is credited to the effective plans charted out by the government, and the strict compliance with the precautionary measures to curb the outbreak of the pandemic," said Mohammed Abu Bakr Al Hashemi, Director of Marine Transport, Public Transport Agency, RTA.

RTA’s marine transit modes offer vital services and form an integral part of Dubai’s tourist attractions as they pass across picturesque landmarks and captivating scenes besides offering congestion-free mobility.

The world’s biggest boat manufacturers at the highest standards of the industry design these modes. They are safe, comfortable and have areas designated for people of determination as well as a bay for bikes in ferries to encourage the use of flexible mobility, the report said.  

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