It seems that the Dubai Marine Transport Network is set for a complete overhaul as there are a lot of plans that are in place to make it a world-class transport facility. From an increase in the number of stations to the water lines, there are plans afoot to make travelling through the marine transport network a lot easier for the people in Dubai. Here’s all you need to know about the Dubai Marina Transport Master Plan 2030.
Dubai Marine Transport Master Plan 2030
I have approved a new plan to develop Dubai's maritime transport network and expand it by 188% with the aim of serving 22 million passengers by 2030. I also reviewed an innovative project being developed by RTA in collaboration with the private sector to manufacture the world's… pic.twitter.com/FUGajBuXXn
— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) September 10, 2023
The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, His Highness, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum recently approved the Dubai Marine Transport Master Plan 2030. With this plan, there will be an expansion of the marine transport network by a whopping 188%! Yes, according to the information revealed on his website, it was mentioned that there will also be a 400% increase in passenger lines.
Yes, during his visit to the Roads and Transport Authority, Sheikh Hamdan reviewed the plans for scaling the Dubai Marine Transport System. It so happens that with this plan, there is a target of increasing the number of marine transport users by 51%. Yes, this will take the ridership from 14.7 million to 22.2 million annually by 2030. But what has got everyone buzzing is the manufacturing of the world’s first electric Abra using 3-D printing technology.
Marine Transport Network By 188%
During his visit to @rta_dubai, @HamdanMohammed reviewed the master plan for scaling up Dubai’s marine transport system through to 2030. H.H was given an overview of key aspects of the plan by Mattar Al Tayer, Director General & Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA pic.twitter.com/0WQkl0yUy8
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) September 10, 2023
The plan also outlines an increase in the total length of the marine transport network by 188%, thereby taking it from the existing 55 km to 158 km. Another key element of the plan is the number of transport stations, which will rise from 48 to 79 stations along the Dubai Water Canal, the coastline of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai Creek, and several other waterfront projects. Moreover, passenger transport lines will also increase from 7 to 35, thereby marking a 400% surge! Coming to the 3-D printing of boats, this will be done in partnership with the private sector, and the world’s first electric Abra will be manufactured this way.
In case you aren’t aware, this boat can carry 20 passengers, and the initiative will decrease the manufacturing time by a whopping 90%. This will also increase cost savings by 30%. As it happens, Sheikh Hamdan was also informed about the trial run of the world’s first autonomous electric Abra, which has already cleared level four of the international driving automation index out of possible six levels successfully.
As it happens, Sheikh Hamdan also met with the first Emirati woman to captain a Marine transport vessel, Hanadi Mohammed Al Doseri. With these developments, one can certainly expect that the Dubai Marine Network is set for a massive overhaul.
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