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Dubai to launch water taxis to Great Britain island on The World

Owner Safi Qureshi will soon unveil "exciting plans" for the island, located 4km off the emirate's coastline

Dubai to launch water taxis to Great Britain island on The World
Safi Qurashi on the Great Britain island in The World. (ITP Images)

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Tuesday signed an agreement with the Great Britain Island, part of Dubai's The World development, to provide marine transport to and from the manmade island.

The island, which is being developed by the Q Group of companies owned by Safi Qurashi, and the RTA inked a memorandum of understating to operate water taxis and ferries to the island once it has been developed into a luxury resort.

Qurashi said he planned to launch his island project and reveal the "exciting plans" soon.

The 20-minute cruise to the island will offer visitors a view of the shores and skyline of Dubai, while also providing an adventurous experience, a statement said.

The agreement was signed on behalf of the RTA by D Yousif Mohammed Al Ali, CEO, Public Transport Agency, Roads & Transport Authority, and Qurashi, CEO of Q Group of companies.

“The RTA has always been keen on broadening the Public Private Partnership (PPP) in a way that enhances the services delivered to the public and safeguard the interests of the two sides,” said Al Ali.

Qurashi added: “We had a plan when we bought Great Britain and it hasn't changed. We are delighted to continue work on this renowned project, and are excited about the prospect of delivering our unique vision.

"In the near future we plan to launch the island project and reveal the exciting plans for this unique destination. I believe the World Islands will offer a unique experience in Dubai."

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Karl 6 years ago

Congratulations to my dear friend and business partner. The world is at your feet...

chalky6766 6 years ago

V good to see that this important connection with RTA is in place, these are first and foremost islands so ALL connections be it transport, water, sewage power etc are vital to have in place. Mr Qurashi has been through an epic struggle which has at one time taken away his own personal liberty, it is testament to his character that he remains focused on delivering the UK island and I look forward to its eventual realization. Good old stiff upper lip never went out of fashion with the Brits!!

Mitesh Somaiya 6 years ago

Hats Off to Safi Qurashi !! Its so nice to know that he is still focussed to deliver the island. May almighty give him all the success !!