First Hybrid Abra In Dubai For Dh2

First Hybrid Abra In Dubai For Dh2

The environment-friendly abra will now cost just Dh2 per trip after being launched in Dubai. The hybrid abra will be running on a trial basis on Al Seef-Al Ghubaiba line, the key marine transit line that links four stations: Al Seef, Baniyas, Al Ghubaiba and Dubai Old Souq.

Test Run of the First Hybrid Abra

The Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai has initiated the test run of the first hybrid abra that will mark the addition of the hybrid marine transit to RTA’s transport fleet. The trail run of the hybrid abra will be conducted on one of the key marine transit lines linking four stations; the Al Seef-Al Ghubaiba line. For transiting between two stations, the fare will be only Dh2. The hybrid abra’s test run was by launched Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA.

Features of Hybrid Abra


The new hybrid abra is light in weight and has a capacity for 20 riders. It is powered by a 20KW electric motor. It has 26 Lead Crystal Batteries and solar energy panels along with a standby generator to recharge batteries when running low in power.  Added to this, the new abra has an automated firefighting system that gets activated when batteries are overheated. Moreover, it has battery ventilation, ideal cooling system, and USB ports to recharge cell phones. It is characterised by low carbon emissions and therefore reduces fuel consumption by 172 per cent. Surprisingly, this lowers its operational and maintenance costs by 83 per cent compared to that of any traditional abra.  The hybrid abra preserves the authentic design and features of the traditional abra.

New Marine Transit Stations in Dubai

At present, there are 58 boats. RTA is looking forward to build more 11 boats to bring the total fleet number to 61 boats. The RTA plans to build 11 new marine transit stations in Dubai by 2020. New lines will be opened on Jumeirah beach, Dubai Creek, new islands and Dubai Water Canal. Ferry service will start between Dubai and Sharjah. The number of marine transport modes and stations is expected to receive a big boost with the completion of property developments along the two banks of the Dubai Water Canal. This will make marine transport the ideal choice for the movement of citizens, residents and tourists, offering them enjoyable rides with the backdrop of an impressive skyline along the Dubai Creek and the water canal.



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