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Dubai Makes It Easier for Tourists to Sightsee Using Public Transit

Feb 12, 2014 5:00 am

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Dubai’s latest initiative brings its sightseeing options on par with other major global cities that offer packages as a more affordable way for visitors to get around.

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The One Day In Dubai initiative launched by the RTA offers Dh130 bundle to use public transport.

Tourists in Dubai can now use public transport to take a tour of the city and enjoy the views along the coastal areas around the emirate by taking a tour package of Dh130 for adults and Dh100 for kids.

Dubbed “One Day In Dubai”, the new initiative was launched by the Public Transport Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on February 1. It offers a cheaper package, allowing people to experience all modes of public transport and visit all tourist areas in new and old Dubai.

Dr Yousef Mohammed Al Ali, CEO of the agency, said this initiative is in line with a move to make the emirate’s public transport more exciting and enjoyable.

Tourists and expatriates, particularly families can go around in one day using different modes of public transport, ranging from Dubai Ferry, Water Bus, heritage Abra as well as Dubai Metro and public buses. Once the passengers purchase their tickets at a marine station, they will be given a small gift, snack vouchers and a map with a NOL card that will enable them to take the Dubai Metro and public buses.

Al Ali said that passengers can take the marine transport from any station but the major ferry boarding stations are Dubai Marina and Al Ghubaiba.

Starting from Al Ghubaiba near the mouth of the Creek, the ferry will reach Dubai Marina from where they can take the Dubai Metro to Burj Khalifa and shift to public buses to return through Burj Khalifa and then Old Dubai or vice versa.

Another option for passengers is to start from Dubai Marina by Dubai Ferry, then take Dubai Metro to Burj Khalifa, go to Al Seef Marine Station by water bus, take public bus to Dubai Gold Souq and take the abra and go back by the same mode of transportation.

“The package designed for full day and to allow passengers to enjoy places they visit, however, it can also be used for more than one day.” said Al Ali.

The tour landmarks cover Al Ghubaiba, Dubai Marina, Downtown Dubai, Burjuman, Al Seef, Deira Old Souq and Al Shindagha. It is a complete tour that takes passengers to the emirate’s popular tourist attractions, including the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis, the old buildings in the Creek area and many others.

When taking the Dubai Metro and the public buses they can also enjoy other scenic areas which are marked in the map given to them at the marine station when they purchase their tickets.

Al Ali further said that this new service integrates several modes of transport, thus encouraging the use of public transport, providing new service to both the visitors and residents of Dubai in a cheaper way. “Residents of Dubai can use public transport to see the landmarks of Dubai, not just to go to work,” Al Ali said.

(c)2014 the Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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