Traditional abras are now ferrying visitors along the Dubai’s latest aquatic attraction, the Dubai Water Canal.
The service, which costs Dhs25 a ride or Dhs300 an hour when chartered, will operate between 4pm and 11.30pm throughout the week and the RTA believes it will be a big hit with tourists.
Setting off from the Sheikh Zayed Road marine station, passengers will be able to take in sights including Safa Park, Business Bay and the recently opened waterfall.
The pilot scheme will last three months, with the RTA expecting around 23,000 visitors to use the 20-seater abras each year.
The RTA’s Abdullah Yousef Al Ali hopes the service will be capable of enhancing the city’s profile as well as “bringing happiness to people”.