By Elsa Baxter
RTA announces new five-boat service to start, covering 18 stops across the emirate.
A new five-boat water taxi service in Dubai will be launched on Wednesday, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.
The service works like a regular car taxi service where a customer calls up to request a boat pick them up at one of 18 different locations around the emirate, including Dubai Creek, the Atlantis hotel and Dubai Marina.
The service will be on demand from 10am until 10pm, Mattar Al Tayer, RTA chairman of and executive director said.
He said the service can also be booked for tourist trips, starting at AED400 per hour. Regular journeys start at AED50 for one stop going up to AED570 for a trip between the two farthest stations of Dubai Festival City and the Jebel Ali Hotel and Spa, Al Tayer said.
“The number of locations will increase by adding new ones in the next period such as Meridian Mina Seyahi Hotel and Royal Mirage Hotel," Al Tayer said.
Water taxi boats are made of carbon and are fitted out with airline Business Class seats, each with an LCD screen in the reverse and a tray table.
Each boat is 11m long and 4m wide, can travel up to 35 knots, and can seat up to 11 passengers as well as the captain, the statement said.
Customers should call 8009090 to book a water taxi.
Full list of water taxi stations
Al Mamzar, Deira Old Souq, Al Sabkha, Bani Yas, Dubai Festival City, Al Shindagha, Bur Dubai, Al Fheidi, Al Seef, Dubai Creek Park (A,B), Al Boom Tourist Village, Open Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai Marina, Jebel Ali Hotel and Spa, Atlantis Hotel.
It's a pity they didn't design the boat to have the option of going open topped. It would be much more appealing during the winter months to travel this way than couped up behind dark glass
Taxi service looks great. I have one question though - how does the water taxi get past the floating bridge? That is at water level and surely no boats can pass to go to Festival City. Is that true?
50aed per stop?>??? in this recession>>?? is this one of the ways it plans to restructure debts??!! yet another flop show by rta... (soon after the metro)...
A nice idea in principle but except during very calm weather the vessel shown is not suitable for the open sea (e.g. Creek to Dubai Marina or Jebel Ali Hotel & Spa Resort). I am not saying it is unsafe, but that being so small and of lightweight construction it will be very uncomfortable. Anyone with some knowledge of fast craft knows that their motion is severe at high speed, and this is true of catamarans and even the larger Seacats. As regards financial viability, there are very few water taxi services that make money. For example, even on the River Thames in London numerous operators went bust over the years. I am sorry to have to make this comment because RTA are a progressive organisation but in this case I think they have been inadequately advised.
There is a water taxi station to either side of the floating bridge (Dubai Creek Park A, B). Customers are expected to walk between the two, using the pedestrian subway beneath the approach road to the floating bridge. Can't see anyone doing that in the summer, myself.
I have no word to describe such a boat that you call (water taxi) Its simply horrible,,it was much better to contact a boatyard in Venice (where we build water taxi from 100 year) it looks like a waterbus instead of watertaxi arrived directly from Mars which have no sense(my opinion) in Dubai where luxuries are all around
they can pass floating bridge but only before 9 am and after 10 pm