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Distict Municipality plans to link coastal projects by Sea

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Transport Department of Dubai Municipality is studying options to integrate inter-emirate and local ferries between new coastal developments.

The costal developments that would be connected are the Palm Jebel Ali, the Palm Jumeirah, the Deira Palm, The World, and the Dubai Waterfront and Business Bay with a water transport system, which would also extend to neighbouring emirates. The vessels serving these routes would also have access to the the creek extension once it is completed.

According to estimates that are part of the medium term ferry route strategy 2010, the route connecting all these coastal projects will have considerably high ridership, with the annual passenger forecast for the Business Bay leading with an estimated 5.5 million passengers. The route to Sharjah could annually carry some 500,000 passengers, Maritime City route of up to 500,000, and the coastal route covering the island projects of up to 470,000 passengers annually.

Al Dosari also revealed that the department is also planning to try out natural gas powered Abras (water taxis). These would offer a quiet and environment friendly fuel for the much popular water transport system.

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