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UAE island ferry passengers reach more than 20,000

Passenger figures released for service from Jebel Al Dhanna to Delma Island.

More than 20,000 passengers have used the ferry service between Jebel Al Dhanna and Delma Island in the UAE’s Western Region since it was launched in March, the Department of Transport (DoT) said on Monday.

Some 4,500 vehicles have also been transported on the service which began operations on March 19, the official news agency WAM reports.

The service runs six daily trips connecting the island with Abu Dhabi, with a further eight daily services planned.

“We are extremely pleased to see the varied economic and social benefits the new service has brought to Delma Island,” said Salem Al Mehairi from the DoT’s Maritime Sector.

The ferries are able to transport 200 passengers and 30-50 vehicles per journey, according to the report.

Delma Island is about 10km long and 5km wide and is located about 40km from the port of Jebel Al Dhanna.

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