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Dubai Metro, Tram and Marine Transport Ramadan timings announced!

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the Ramadan timings for the Dubai Metro, Tram and Marine Transportation .

Dubai Metro:

All stations of the Red Line will open from Saturdays to Wednesdays from 5.30am to 12am (midnight). On Thursdays the service will be from 5.30am to 1am (of the following day), and on Fridays from 1 pm to 1 am (of the following day). All stations on the Green Line will open from Saturdays to Wednesdays from 5.50 am to 12 midnight, on Thursdays from 5.50am to 1am (of the following day), and on Fridays from 1pm to 1am (of the following day).

Dubai Tram:

The Dubai Tram will offer service from Saturdays to Thursdays starting from 6.30 am up to 1.30 am (of the following day), and on Fridays the service timing will be from 9am and continue up to 1.30am (of the following day).

Dubai Water Bus:

The Water Bus at the Dubai Creek and Marina stations will operate from 12pm to 12am  from Saturdays to Thursdays. On Fridays and public holidays, the service will start at 2pm and continue to 1am (of the following day).

Dubai Water Taxi:

The Water Taxi service at the Marina Station will run from 2pm to 10pm, at Ghubaiba Station from 4pm to 10pm, and at the Palm area from 4pm to 10pm.

Dubai Ferry:

The Dubai Ferry at Ghubaiba Station will operate at 11am and continue up to 6:30pm in a journey from Ghubaiba Station to Marina Station. From the Marina Station a tourist journey will be operated for one hour at 5pm and pass through tourist landmarks of Dubai such as Atlantis Hotel, and the Palm Island. Other journeys will start at 11am and continue up to 6.30pm from Marina to Ghubaiba stations.

The Electric Abra:

  • Burj Khalifa – Dubai Mall will be from 8pm to 11pm
  • Al Mamzar from 8pm to 2am(of the following day)
  • Atlantis from 1pm to 9pm

RTA opens new Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah Water Taxi Station

The Public Transport Agency, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)  recently opened a new water taxi station (Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah Station). The agency has also endorsed the tariff of the new station, which offers a safe, convenient and enjoyable experience, in order to align the services on offer with the applicable fare.

Mohammed Masoud Al Janahi, Acting Director of Marine Transport at RTA Public Transport Agency, said: “The RTA is always keen on delivering services measuring up to expectations and needs of the public among residents, visitors and tourists descending on Dubai from all corners of the globe.

“The Dubai Taxi boasts of a smooth design combining typical Emirati design of abra and modernity replicated in a roof emulating the shape of the Dubai Metro stations. It is fitted with the latest technologies of the industry and characterised by a low wash dual based structure and a sleek roof.

“The Dubai Taxi has a central air-conditioning interior in addition to comfortable seats simulating aircraft business class seats as they are fitted with remotely controlled LCD monitors installed at the rear of the front seat, 45 degrees reclining seats and a food tray.

The water taxi can accommodate up to 11 passengers plus the driver. It measures 11 meters in length and 4 meters in width, weighs 9 tons and can travel at a speed up to 35 knots. It is fitted with two eco-friendly engines of 370 horsepower, the best navigational devices approved by the (IMO), and the world’s highest safety security and safety standards.

Free Parking in Dubai on May 16!

The  Roads and Transport Authority  (RTA)  announced today that all parking areas in parts of Dubai will be free of charge during the holiday marking the Prophet’s Ascension Day ( Isra and Mi’raj) corresponding to Saturday May 16.

For now, the RTA said, the parking yard at the Fish Market as well as its multi-level parking are excluded from this exemption in order to provide parking slots for intended users.

The RTA also calls upon the public, especially motorists, to ensure the optimal use of parking spaces and urges motorists not to park their vehicles on pavements or block the movement of other vehicles, or they will risk applicable fines.

Extension of Metro Red line to Expo site endorsed !

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has endorsed the ‘Route 2020’ project, encompassing the extension of the Red Line of the Dubai Metro from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station to the future site of Expo 2020.

The RTA’s ‘Route 2020’ project will encompass the extension of the Red Line of the Dubai Metro from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station to the site of Expo 2020, it was announced today. The extended sector of the Metro line stretches 15km and includes seven stations.

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), giving details of the project said: “Route 2020 starts off Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station and extends 15km (11km elevated and fourkm underground), and includes seven stations (five elevated and two underground stations).


“The project serves densely with average-to-high population density such as the Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate, and the Dubai Investment Park.

“These communities are inhabited by about 240,000 persons and the journey from the Dubai Marina to the site of Expo will take 16 minutes,” explained Al Tayer.

“The RTA has examined different options of Route 2020 and assessed their effectiveness and impact on the neighborhood based on a host of technical perimeters that include the enhancement of the development plans in Dubai,” he said.

“It also serves the largest possible number of residents as well as current & future projects, easing snarls on some congested road sectors, providing top class service to targeted communities, and integrating with public transit

RTA Chairman stated that the RTA would hold this month a workshop for consultants and contractors specialized in rail projects where it would exhibit various components of Route 2020 projec.


Source: Arabian Business

RTA to fix the traffic problems around Wafi!

If you have ever tried to reach Wafi at evenings during the week you know what a huge step forward this is. I have been standing there for ages in the past. Looking much forward to see ease of Traffic there.

wafitrafficnewThe Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has commenced construction works in Wafi Interchange Improvement Project comprising the construction of a 700 metre-long bridge of three lanes in each direction, stretching from Oud Metha Road (nearby Latifa Hospital) in the direction of the Sheikh Rashid Road, and heading towards Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Saadah Road (elevated bridge leading to the Dubai World Trade Center).

The underlying objective of the bridge is to minimise the overlapping traffic and ensure better traffic flow in all directions.

“The new bridge will offer smooth movement for vehicles inbound from Oud Metha Road and outbound eastward to Al Ain exit.

RTA’s Marina Transport New Years eve offer…

If you fancy to see the upcoming Palm Jumeirah New Years fireworks from the sea side but have not arranged yet you might want to check out the offer from the RTA.

The Dubai Water bus offer:

Water bus will depart from Marina Terrace station in Dubai Marina for a three-hour trip, starting at 10pm. It will anchor nearby The  Palm Jumeirah Bridge for the fireworks spectacle, and return to its departure place at 1am.

Ticket price: Dh100. Children are offered 50 per cent discount and kids under two are free.

The Dubai Ferry offer:

Dubai Ferry will take off at the Marina Mall in Dubai Marina for a three-hour trip, starting at 10pm. At Burj Al Arab, it will drop anchor to allow its passengers to view the fireworks. It will return to its departure place at 1am.

Ticket price: Dh200 for Silver Class, Dh300 for Gold Class. Children are offered 50 per cent discount and kids under two are free.

Sounds not bad does it?


National Day timings for Metro and Tram + Free Parking…

National Day is approaching soon and the RTA has today announced the timings for the Dubai Metro and Tram during the celebrations.

Dubai Metro:

For the Dubai Metro the service hours during the holidays are from the 2nd up to the 4th of December. The Green Line stations will start servicing at 05:50 am and remain open until 12:00 am (midnight) on both Tuesday and Wednesday, while on Thursday, the service will be running until 01:00 am (on the following day). Red Line Stations will start service at 05:30 am and run until 12:00 am (midnight), while on Thursday the service will be running until 01:00 am (on the following day)

Dubai Tram:

The Dubai tram will be operating from 06:30 am until 01:30 am (the following day) during the National Day holiday from Tuesday 2nd of December until Thursday 4th of December.

Free Parking:

Paid parking zones all over Dubai will be free of charge, except for the Fish Market and the mufti-level parking  starting from the 2nd of December until the 5th of December.

Taxi starting fare to hike in Dubai from next week…

The RTA  has approved a new flag-down rate which will change from the current AED3 to AED5 during the morning peak hours from 7am to 10am, and during evening peak hours from 4pm to 8pm.

The flag-down rate of ordered Taxis booked through the  Booking & Despatch Centre will also be modified from AED6 to AED8 during off-peak hours; while during morning and evening peak hours, the flag-down rate will change from AED10 to AED12.

The RTA says this modification is applicable from Saturday to Wednesday, while peak hours start from 4pm to 12 midnight on Thursdays and Fridays,.

I think this is still a fair rate considering that the Taxi fares in Dubai are among the cheapest I have experienced anywhere in the world.

tried out: Dubai Tram…

We have been trying out the Dubai Tram today morning. Easiest way was parking at the Dubai Marina Metro station which is directly connected to the Tram station.

First big difference to the Metro: You have no barriers where you have to use your NOL card to get in. There are ticket scanners but nothing would theoretically stop you from not doing so.

metrorouteWe took the ticket for 2 Zones to drive up and down the full route which was on 10AED per person for Silver Class. For a Friday morning there where already quite some people having the same idea and hitting to the tram. I thought it would be empty to be honest and so we had to keep standing for the first 4 stations till some people left.

The tram is way smaller than the Metro, though comfortable. The Tram is not really fast, top speed I had seen on the speedometer was 45kmh.  The stations are not air conditioned and big enough to keep quite some people in.

The Tram is great to use if you are living in the Marina or JBR area and you are not having a car or just don’t want to use it. It is great to hit with guest to the Monorail towards the Palms Atlantis Hotel as it is directly connected with the Monorail station.

See the World Island with the Dubai Ferry….

On the occasion of Public Transport Day which is held on November 1 of this year the RTA is having trips with the Dubai Ferry to the World Islands.

These trips are on the usual 50AED for silver and 75AED for gold class and will take around 90 minutes.

The trips are scheduled at 5pm on 26 and 28th of October as well as on the 1st of November and is departing from Al Ghubaiba station.

I sadly won’t be able to make it on these days but would love to have this route open permanently.