You can now go from Dubai to Sharjah in 35 minutes for 15 AED
Dubai isn't a huge country, but depending on the time of day it can still take ages travelling between the different Emirates.
While we wait for Dubai's Hyperloop system to come online, Dubai Roats and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled a new ferry service between Dubai and Sharjah.
Going from Al Ghubaiba Marine Station in Dubai to the Aquarium Marine Station in Sharjah, the water commute is expected to take only 35 minutes.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, said: “The new marine transit line boosts 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 two stations have been carefully selected for specific considerations. Al Ghubaiba is the key marine transit station in Dubai and is connected with Dubai Creek, Dubai Marina and the Water Canal. It is also integrated with Metro and bus stations and has a taxi service as well.”
.@rta_dubai launches a ferry service to commute passengers between Al Ghubaiba Marine Station in #Dubai and Aquarium Marine Station in Sharjah. It marks the first marine transit service operated between Dubai and any other emirate. https://t.co/vBKOzwI1tj pic.twitter.com/wFwr4vt8TG— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) July 27, 2019
The boat, which has WiFi, has a capacity of 125 people. It's expected that more than 1.3 million people will use the service each year.
"It is fitted with five life-rafts, has a capacity to accommodate 125 riders, 110 life jackets and six safety life-buoys. The cockpit is fitted with navigation tools such as marine radar, sea depth measuring instrument, electronic maps, and tracking devices as required by international standards.”
The best part, the service is only 15 AED in Silver Class and 25 AED in Gold. It is also free for children under five or people of determination.
There’s 42 journeys, 21 each way offered daily. There’s also free parking and an internal bus service at the Sharjah end.
The service is offered every 30 minutes from 5am to 9am, as well as 4pm to 8:30 pm. Outside these hours, it works at a one and a half hour intervals.