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There are several marine transportation options in Dubai including over 149 abras that can carry up to 20 people per boat. Abras are traditional wooden boats with motors and cost 1 dhs per passenger to cross the Dubai Creek and you pay the driver in cash as there are no tickets issued. You can also hire a full Abra to cruise on the Creek. One hour usually costs about 100 dirhams. A cheaper option is to hire a non-motorized Abra, which uses oars. These cost about 30 dirhams per hour.


nol-cardNol Card is a smart card that enables you to pay for the use of various RTA transport modes in Dubai with a single card. You can use your Nol Card to travel on Dubai’s Metro, Buses, Water Buses, as well as pay for RTA’s Paid Parking and now some taxi’s.

With Nol Card, all you need to do is ‘touch & go’, which means you simply tap your card on a the card reader at the entry and exit gates of Metro and Waterbus stations; at the entrance of every RTA Bus and on all RTA parking meters. The system will then automatically deduct the correct fare from your card. It’s quick and easy to use and means you no longer need to carry cash to get around the city.

Children below 5 years can travel for free without a card.

You can purchase Nol Cards from Ticket offices located in all Metro stations and some Bus stations. Silver Cards and Red Tickets can be purchased from some Ticket Vending Read more

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