Monday 16 December 2019 (UAE)

Abra Water Taxis on Dubai Creek

Abras in Dubai, water taxis on Dubai Creek

Abra routes in Dubai

Abra type Route Origin Destination Fare Timings Notes
Motor, no AC CR1 Bur Dubai AS Deira Old Souk AS AED 1 cash 0600-2400  
Motor, no AC CR2 Dubai Old Souk AS Al Sabkha AED 1 cash 24 hrs  
Motor, no AC Charter Dubai Creek Dubai Creek AED 120/hr   Private charter
Petrol, no AC CR3 Al Seef Al Ghubaiba AED 2 Nol card 0700-2200* Stops at Baniyas, Dubai Old Souq.
*Fri, hols, 1000-2400.
    Al Sabkha Deira Al Fahidi Bur Dubai AED 2?   New route Apr 2019
    Al Sabkha Al Gubaiba AED 2?   New route Apr 2019
AC CR5 Dubai Marina Terrace Dubai Marina Promenade AED 11* 1000-2300* *Fri, hols, 1200-2400.
*4 stops, fare AED 3, 5, or 11.
AC CR6 Al Jadaf Marine Station Dubai Festival City AED 2 0700*-2400 *Fri 0900. Short walk from Creek MS.
Petrol, no AC   Dubai Water Canal Dubai Water Canal AED 25 1600-2330 "Petrol Heritage Abra", 45 min trip.
Petrol, no AC Charter Dubai Water Canal Dubai Water Canal AED 300/hr   "Petrol Heritage Abra", private charter.
Electric, no AC   Burj Khalifa Lake Burj Khalifa Lake AED 65 1800-2300 View Dubai Fountains, 25 min trip.
Electric, no AC   Global Village (GV) Global Village AED 50 1600-2400 During GV season, 15 min trip.
Electric, no AC   Al Mamzar Al Mamzar AED 60 1600-2400 30 min trip, or AED 120 for 60 min.
Hybrid Abra, no AC Trial Al Seef Al Ghubaiba AED 2   2018 Dec reports, also said Solar Power.
Solar Power, no AC   Al Mamzar Al Mamzar     2016 Dec reports
Solar Power, no AC   Al Jaddaf       2016 Dec reports, 1 month trial.
08 Apr 2019: Dubai marine transport routes updated

[Table above not updated with prices and timings] Press release from Dubai RTA:

[Not updated] Abra information

Abras (or water taxis) are one of the absolute bargains of Dubai. Forget the luxury yachts heading to Dubai Marina, hop on an abra and enjoy the stunning Dubai Creek scenery for the grand sum of only 1 dirham. Fares doubled to 1 dh per trip on 22 January 2007 (fares were 10 fils in 1981, 25 fils in 1990, and 50 fils from 1992 until 2007 according to Emirates Today newspaper, but another source said the 50 fil fare was introduced in 1986). Abras are not the same as the dhows you see on Dubai creek. An abra is a small commuter boat intended to travel across Dubai Creek, while a dhow is a larger ocean going cargo carrying boat. There are many dhows traveling between Dubai and Asia transporting all manner of goods between the two regions. There are also a few dhows that take tourists up and down the creek for dinner cruises. You can see a selection parked along the side of the creek on the Bur Dubai side near Al Seef Road.

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Abra news, history, timeline

13 January 2008 update - life jackets for passengers
10 October 2006 update
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