The number of passengers using water transport in Dubai, which include abras, Dubai Ferry, water taxi and water bus, is expected to hit 14 million by the year end, said Essa Al Dossari, Executive Director of the Public Transport Agency, an affiliate to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
Various means of marine transport have lifted as many as 6.9 million passengers over the first half of this year, said Al Dossari.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, Al Dossari stated that means of marine transport saw a steep rise in the number of passengers.
He said users of water taxi rose by 20 per cent reaching 6,832 passengers in total, while users of the Dubai Ferry grew by 55 per cent coming to a total of 29,000.
The RTA is keen to provide passengers with much comfort and facilities for their, Al Dossari said, adding that the authority had installed booths at each stop to render its services to passengers. The RTA has established 27 water transport stations.
He pointed out that the Public Transport Agency is working to enhance the marine transport services with many ambitious projects.