Water taxis are sure pretty—much more enjoyable than hailing a cab in congested New York. In fact, a relaxing ride on a water taxi is the most popular way to take the “scenic route” through an exotic location. Speaking of which, Dubai water taxis are among the emirate’s top draws, since it’s just so pretty to look at anyway.
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A Tradition and a Luxury
Did you know that one of the oldest modes of transportation in world history is the traditional rowing water taxi? We didn’t always call it a “taxi” but traveling by boat and oar is something we figured out a long time ago.
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Price is about AED 1 per trip.
Water travel is such an active part of tourism in Dubai, there are actually several types of water vehicles to consider. For example, an abra refers to manually rowed boats equipped with asphalt-pitched side layers. This is ideal for a large group traveling and takes about 5-7 minutes. Traditional abras have been around since the 1700s and people still love their old world charm. Motorized abras take less time to travel and are open 24 hours a day, unlike traditional abras, which close in the early morning hours.
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They are at public library station and creek park station.
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They are all over Dubai Creek, and meet with Deira and Bur Dubai.
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A water taxi has much more flexibility in location and timing. It is ideal for more privacy and the more luxurious choice for tourists who don’t like to rub shoulders with other tourists! What’s really cool is that you can dial a toll-free phone number (8009090) and have a Water Taxi come pick you up at the nearest station. Water taxis are opened from late morning till night and you can travel all over Dubai Creek and its waterways.
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A water ferry is another luxury option but one that is limited to major stop points in Dubai. It also has group events for photography, tea, and visiting the Dubai Marina Mall.
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A waterbus operated by RTA on a fixed schedule and offers 15 minutes worth of luxury travel from Dubai Creek to the Dubai Marina.
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Lastly, there’s the electrical abra, which is considered the ultimate in luxury, as it tours the Burj Lake, home of the largest performing fountain, and has on-board shows.
Price is around AED 60 / 30 minutes.
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Another alternative for sight seeing is the Water Bus. It is not to get around town, rather to have fun and enjoy the views. Operated by Wonder Bus Tours.
Price for an adult AED 160.