Dubai wants to make your river ride comfy
DUBAI’S abras (water taxis) are essential for ferrying people around the city’s waterways. But sometimes the slow sea breeze that flows over passengers on the boats isn’t enough to cool them down in the sweltering heat.
Temperatures in Dubai can soar to an overwhelming 50 degrees Celsius, which is why newly air-conditioned abras are being introduced to the waterways, and not a moment too soon.
The new arbas will still have the traditional look of the original ferry boats but the glass windows are set to offer panoramic views of the surroundings and act as a barrier from the outside heat.
The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that a number of these boats will be replacing old clunky ferries, as the abras are “more convenient to riders and have better operational efficiency”.
The ferry runs across Dubai Creek which was an epicenter of trade for Dubai way before oil was discovered in the desert lands.
The creek served as a fishing area, a pearling site and a gateway for international traders to offload their cargo.
The area now serves as a must-see for tourists as it is steeped in culture and history.
If you’re visiting Dubai, whether for work or leisure, jump on one of the new abras and head across the water to Bur Dubai which homes the historical district.
Here, you can experience Dubai’s oldest buildings and their incredible architecture. Barter in vibrant souks and pick up a fantastic souvenir at one of the bazaars.
Taste flavors of the world at Global Village or pick up an authentic bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and stalls in the area.
Then look forward to a cool sightseeing ferry taxi service back to the other side of the creek.
Source: Travels travelwireasia.com