By Staff writer
Newly-launched Jalboot ferry covers 100km of waterway in and around the UAE capital
Abu Dhabi’s newly-launched Jalboot ferry which covers 100km of waterway in and around the UAE capital is planning fleet and network expansion early in the new year.
Currently running daily from 2pm until 9.30pm, the service calls at, and can be boarded from, four destinations – Abu Dhabi Mall, Yas Marina, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr and Etihad Towers with each leg taking less than an hour.
After a week of a soft trial using its flagship Al Dan’ launch ferry, Jalboot Marine Network, which operates the service on behalf of its parent company Emirates Consortium, said take-up and feedback has been "extremely positive".
“We’ve had bookings and enquiries from individuals and groups and strong interest from DMCs and tour operators within the UAE,” said Chakib Bouayad, CEO, Emirates Consortium. “We have now embarked on expanding our reseller network and plan, in 2016, to add additional boats and stops to the service. It’s all looking very good indeed.”
The ferries accommodate up to 40 seated passengers and three crew members, are fully enclosed and air-conditioned and with windows for passengers to take in the views.
Jalboot offers a range of ticket types for adults, children and families with group tickets also available. Tickets, priced from AED40 ($10.8), can be bought at sales kiosks in Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Wahda Mall and Mushrif Mall.