Water Transport in Dubai

Everything about Dubai Water Taxi, Dubai Water Ferry, Water Buses and the Abra boat rides

Dubai has an excellent water transportation network. Hire the luxurious Dubai Water Taxi and and head into the Persian gulf or simply take an Abra ride in the Dubai Creek. Below are the 5 types of public water transport systems offered by the Dubai's Transport Authority (RTA).


Dubai Water taxis are the ultimate mode of seeing Dubai. You can hire the private water taxi from any of the 25+ marine stations located around Dubai, including prime tourist locations like Dubai Festival City, Creek Park, Jumeirah beach, Dubai Marina, Atlantis, Mina Siyahi, etc.

The Water Taxi fare varies based on the distance travelled. For example, the private water taxi ride from Deira Old Souk to Bur Dubai will cost AED 65 and the fare from Deira Old Souq to the Atlantis The Palm will be AED 310.

Visitor Information
  • Dubai Water Taxis are modern high speed boats manned by experienced drivers
  • They have comfortable airline-like seats complete with food trays and LCD TVs.
  • Dubai Water Taxis accommodates upto 10 people and they operate from 10am to 10pm
  • The water taxis can be booked by dialing the toll-free number 800 90 90 or online
  • Dubai Water taxis can also be hired for chartered tourist excursions for AED 400 per hour or AED200 Per half an hour.
  • The fare of the trip can be paid for by cash or card (debit or credit). Dubai Water Taxi Fare Chart

    Dubai Water Transportation - Water Ferry
    Dubai Water ferry are high speed catamarans cruising along the coast of Persian Gulf. Dubai Water Ferry is your best bet to see the awesome Dubai Skyline and take some great photos. Dubai Water Ferry has 3 routes each one catering to different set of Dubai's tourist attractions.

    The Water Ferry is air-conditioned with comfortable seats. You can get onto the deck once the ferry enters the Sea. The cost of the ticket is AED 50 for Silver Ticket (86 seats with 2 reserved for special needs) and AED 75 (14 seats) for the Gold Ticket. The Dubai Water Ferries starts from 3 marine water stations.

    Visitor Information
    From Al Ghubaiba Station
  • The Al Ghubaiba to Dubai Marina Mall ferry operates at 11am, 1pm and 6 pm. Best route for viewing Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis Hotel, Burj Al Arab. Route terminates in Dubai Marina Mall Water station.
  • The Evening Tea Trip operates at 3pm from Al Ghubaiba towards the Floating bridge and back.
  • The Sunset/Photography trip leaves at 5pm and goes upto the Jumeirah Public beach and back. It gives you an excellent opportunity to click photos of the landmark Burj Al Arab.
  • From Marina Station :
  • Dubai Marina Mall to Al Ghubaiba water ferry operates at 11am, 1pm and 6 pm. This route also passes by Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis Hotel, Burj Al Arab. It terminates in Al Ghubaiba Water Station.
  • The Evening Tea Trip goes from Dubai Marina to Burj Al Arab and back. This operates at 3pm.
  • The Sunset/Photography Trip from Dubai Marina leaves at 5pm and goes upto the Burj Al Arab and back.
  • From Al Mamzar Station :
  • The Dubai water ferry in the Al Mamzar beach has limited service and it runs only on Thu and Fri at 4.30pm.

  • IMPORTANT : The operations of these Dubai Ferry Routes are highly dependent on the weather conditions and the number of available passengers. So, please make prior enquires with RTA on 04 800 90 90 or on +9714 284 4444 before making any plans.

    3. WATER BUS

    Dubai Water Transportation - Water Bus
    Dubai Water Buses are air-conditioned electric boats operated by the Dubai Road and Transport Authority. They were supposed to replace the traditional abra boat rides in the Dubai Creek. But that did not happen. The Water Buses now run in the Dubai Creek and the Dubai Marina.

    The Fares are nominal and the tickets can be purchased on board the water bus. Just like the normal Buses, Cash/Credit Cards are not accepted on the Water Bus. You will need a NOL cards to use the Water Buses. See Dubai Local Transportation

    Visitor Information
    Creek route B1 runs in the Dubai creek covering 5 marine water stations - Al Seef, Baniyas, Al Sabkha, Bur Dubai and Al Ghubaiba. The boats run from 7am to 10pm with a frequency of 15 minutes. Trip costs AED 2. This route can also be used as an alternative to the traditional abras for crossing the Dubai creek.
    Dubai Marina Route BM1 runs in the Dubai Marina from 10am to 10pm with a frequency of 15 minutes. The route covers Promenade, Marina Mall, Marina Walk and Marina Terrace. The seven-nine minute trip costs between AED 3 and 5. There is also a hop on - hop off daily pass for AED 25.
    The third route from Dubai Festival City to the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary seems to have been discountinued. Kindly contact Dubai RTA on +9714 284 4444 for the operational status of this route


    Dubai Water Transportation - abra boat ride
    Abras are traditional wooden boats used for ferrying passengers across the Dubai creek. They are the oldest, fastest and cheapest means of transport in Dubai. Many residents prefer them over the traffic-heavy roads of Dubai. If you are on a holiday to Dubai, then riding an Abra should be in your Top things to do in Dubai list.

    The Cultural and Heritage attractions of Dubai like the Dubai Museum, Bastakiya, Sheikh Saaed's house are in the vicinity of the Bur Dubai Abra station. On the Deira side, you can visit the famous Dubai Gold Souq and the Dubai Spice market if you take the Abra ride.

    Visitor Information
  • The Abra has 2 routes - Deira Old Souk Abra Station to Bur Dubai which operates from 5am till midnight and the second route from the Al Sabkha Abra Station (Deira side) to Bur Dubai which operates for 24 hours.
  • They charge AED 1 per trip person and has to be paid in cash to the driver. There are no tickets issued.
  • You can also hire the entire abra for AED 100/hour to go around the Dubai creek.
  • There are also the traditional rowing abras in the Dubai Creek, they can be hired for AED 30/hour.

    Electrical abras are the modern eco-friendly versions of the traditional abras. These are fairly new-introductions and they are ultimately set to replace the traditional abras operating in the Dubai Creek. The electrical abras accommodate upto 6 people and tickets can be purchased at the station itself.

    The electrical abras have been introduced in 4 water bodies namely the Burj Khalifa Downtown Lake, Palm Atlantis, Al Mamzar and the Global Village. The Fifth Electric Abra boat ride from Al Jaddaf Metro Station to Dubai Festival City is also in the pipeline.

    Visitor Information
    Downtown Lake Ride
  • The Downtown Lake ride popularly known as Burj Khalifa Lake ride was the first of the electrical abras, launched in May 2013
  • The Abra operates in the Burj Khalifa Lake, right infront of the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa.
  • The Downtown Burj Khalifa lake ride is the most popular and major tourist attraction at the Burj Khalifa lake, giving you the opportunity to see the World's largest fountain right from the front row seats
  • The boat ride operates from 5.45pm to 11.30 pm coinciding with the Dubai Fountain shows and costs AED 65 per person. Tickets can be purchased at The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride kiosk located at the Fountain Promenade or Burj Khalifa ticket counter.
  • Atlantis Abra
  • The Atlantis Abra ride was launched on 1st Nov 14 coinciding with the Dubai Public Transport day
  • The electric abra starts from Al Nasimi beach in the Atlantis and goes around the Atlantis resort and the Splash park
  • The 20 min ride costs AED 65 and timings are from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
  • Al Mamzar Tourist Ride
  • Launched in October 2014, the boat ride offers beach goer an option to spend their leisure time while on the Mamzar beach. One hour of full boat ride costs AED 120.
  • Global Village Abras
  • The Global village abra goes through the lakes and canals surrounding the country pavilions. Lasting for about 15-20 mins, the Global village abra costs AED 50
  • They operate only during the Global village Fair which takes place from Dec-Mar.