RTA inaugurates First Smart Floating Station at Dubai Festival City


Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), opened the Smart Floating Station for Dubai Festival City, the first floating station in the UAE, to accommodate more than 25 passengers. By linking the maritime transport service (Al Jaddaf Line Dubai Festival City) with the public transport bus service and Al Khor Dubai Metro Station.

Al Abra will be operated every 10 minutes between Dubai Festival City and Al Jaddaf. The station operates daily from 7 am to 12 pm and is priced at AED 2.

Mattar Al Tayer inspected the facilities of Dubai Festival City, which has grown significantly from 42,863 passengers in 2016 to 187,000 passengers in 2017 and rose by 24 percent to 245,000 passengers in 2018. The station features a sea-inspired design, Its compatibility with the standards of green buildings, its connection with the pier, the provision of shaded outer areas, the possibility of the future expansion of the stations, and its transportability to another site. The building of the terminal was considered to provide special facilities for owners, security and safety requirements, A view of the Dubai Creek, as well as Tets The station is able to accommodate various shipping modes including Al Ferry, Water Bus, Water Taxi, Heritage Passage and Air Conditioned Gate. It also has a location close to Al Jadaf Shipping Station, Al Khor Metro Station, and Public Transport Bus Station, located on the opposite side of Dubai Creek.

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Services of Happiness

The floating station is one of the first smart stations, where the technical equipment in the station provides all the current information and timetables for shipping and weather operations. The client can also plan his trip through the smart kiosk in an integrated manner with all the other means of transport. (RTA), which is the first intelligent floating center in the region’s transport sector, and offers services in five languages ​​(Arabic, English, Malayalam, Urdu, The SOS is the first of its kind to be installed at the station to monitor the safety of the customers, provide a sound system and smart cameras for alerting and provide security and safety instructions, especially in emergency situations, as well as free Wi-Fi service for passengers at the station Is one of the important services that contribute to the happiness of transporters

A Qualitative Leap

Mattar Al Tayer was pleased with the opening of the floating station for maritime transport in Dubai Festival City, which is a quality addition to the maritime transport sector of Dubai.

Implementation of this station is part of a comprehensive plan developed by the RTA to develop the maritime transport system, which is the means of transport Dubai has an estimated 14 million passengers annually, and the plan includes the establishment of seven new shipping terminals in the Business Bay and the Dubai Water and Coastal Zone in the next two years, bringing the total number of sea transport stations in Dubai to 55 in 2020, as included the plan runs lines on the Dubai Creek, the coastline along the shores of Jumeirah, as well as lines to service the new islands, and lines in the Gulf Business and Dubai Waterways.

The maritime transport sector has witnessed a steady growth in the number of transport vehicles, stations, and passengers since the inauguration of Dubai Water Channel linking the Dubai Creek to the Arabian Gulf coasts. The sector will be strengthened with the completion of the construction of the urban and tourism facilities on both sides of the canal. Maritime transportation is the preferred choice for many citizens, residents and tourists to travel and enjoy the tourist and urban facilities on the banks of the Dubai Creek and the Dubai Water Channel.

Navigation Options

Al – Futtaim group seems very happy to be part of the maritime transport network of the RTA, which will enhance the new station mobility options to various destinations, which include buses and taxis which will facilitate the arrival of Residents and tourists to Dubai Festival City and enjoy the spectacular scenery on the way.

“The new facility will enable a large number of residents and tourists to enjoy multiple choices from retail outlets, restaurants and entertainment venues at Dubai Festival City Mall,” Omar Al – Futtaim, Vice Chairman said.

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It is worth mentioning that the RTA inaugurated last year Al Garhoud station for the maintenance of maritime transport, which is the first workshop of the Authority specialized in maritime transport methods manufactured by fiberglass. The station is located on an area of ​​5000 square meters, Meters, a 32-meter-long boat dock, a 100-ton crane lift, and five different workshops. The capacity of the workshop is estimated at 16 boats at the same time.