Commuting around Dubai has become a cakewalk and also exciting with the introduction of the ferry line and tram system. In addition to the remarkable Metro and bus services, these facilities take tourists and residents to areas in Dubai that were previously accessible only via taxi or private vehicles. This will give everyone more opportunities to explore the beautiful getaways that this vibrant city offers.
When you have to face long traffic while traveling in a bus or private vehicle, ferries make the trip more interesting. Sailing on the waves across the stunning Dubai skyline can never get monotonous. The government introduced ferries in 2011. It has redefined the marine transportation system in the city since then.
The Dubai Ferry line connects the seaside mini-city of Dubai Marina to the historic neighborhood along Dubai Creek. Now, Dubai Ferry runs from five ferry terminals: Dubai Marina, Al Ghubaiba, Dubai Canal Station, Al Jadaf and Sheikh Zayed Road Station. The services are available for seven days a week.
The ferry takes passengers on a safe and relaxing trip across the sparkling blue waters as well as offers breathtaking views of the scenery throughout the ride. Imagine climbing aboard this new line gazing at the impressive Palm Island, Burj Al Arab, and Dubai Mall.
Recently, ferry service was started from Dubai to Sharjah. It is the first ferry service between two Emirates. The ticket prices start from 15 AED, and it will vary based on the trip. You will have to pay more for circular trips. The prices will also differ based on two classes- silver and gold while children below the age of 5 can travel free of charge.
Ferry mainly targets the tourists as it tours around the local areas of interest. It is expensive when compared to the other transport systems as well. It departs every 30 minutes in a day.
Travel in Dubai Tram
Dubai Tram has added a much-needed transportation relief to the energetic leisure and business districts. It was opened in November 2014, and the tram line stretches along 14.6 kilometers of Al Sufouh Road, passing through Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab in Jumeirah, and the Mall of the Emirates in Al Barsha. It connects the Dubai Metro and Palm Monorail.
This is the world’s first tram system that doesn’t use overhead cables but modern and safe ground power cable system. You can travel in a tram for just AED 3 regardless of the distance covered, which is cheap when compared to the trams in other cities. The tram service is available for 20 hours a day.
A tram can carry up to 400 people and have a separate section for women and children. Passengers can use the Nol card to travel on the tram. Dubai Tram and Dubai Metro are linked at two stations- Damac Properties and JLT.
The ferry and tram are truly wonderful transportation services that will make life easier not just for the tourists but also for the daily commuters in Dubai. With a capacity of 125 passengers and traveling at a speed of 24 knots/hour, the ferry is the largest marine transit modes in Dubai.