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As traffic congestion continues to pose challenges for daily commuters between Dubai and Sharjah, the Dubai Ferry emerges as a transformative solution offered by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Resuming operations after a temporary suspension during the pandemic, the ferry service provides a time-efficient mode of transportation. It proves to be a cost-effective and stress-free alternative for residents.
Cost and Time Savings:
Residents like Suleiman Ibrahim, a spice and dry fruit trader, highlight the substantial savings achieved by choosing the ferry over road travel. Ibrahim, who previously spent over three hours commuting daily, experienced a significant reduction in both time and expenses. His daily savings exceeded Dh50, amounting to a monthly protection of Dh1,000. Beyond the financial aspect, Ibrahim emphasizes the diminished mental stress resulting from the peaceful ferry journey.
Improved Work-Life Balance:
Arjun Jaykumar, an engineer, echoes similar sentiments, emphasizing the ferry’s contribution to an improved work-life balance. For Arjun, the ferry’s 35-minute journey and convenient access from the Al Ghubaiba metro station make a total commuting time of around an hour. The stress reduction and enhanced focus on work activities contribute to an overall positive impact on personal and professional life.
Meetings on the Move:
Ardashir, a businessman, finds the ferry’s quiet environment conducive to discussing with clients and employees. Utilizing travel time for meetings, Ardashir emphasizes the increased productivity and time efficiency achieved through these on-the-move interactions. The ferry serves as a means of transport and becomes a mobile workspace that adds value to daily professional engagements.
Significant Savings during Events:
Residents point out a notable advantage during significant events such as Gitex and Gulf Food in Dubai. Choosing the ferry during these events results in substantial financial savings, including reduced fuel expenses and the elimination of costly parking fees in Dubai, which can reach up to Dh250. Ahmed, a businessman, highlights saving Dh350 a day and three hours of commute during these significant events, emphasizing the broader benefits beyond monetary considerations.
The ferry operates on weekdays with morning and evening departures from Sharjah and Dubai. Additional trips on weekends (Friday to Sunday) cater to residents’ flexibility, starting from noon and extending into the evening. The schedule accommodates the diverse commuting needs of residents, providing a reliable and efficient mode of transportation.
As the Dubai-Sharjah Ferry gains popularity among residents, it not only addresses the challenges of traffic congestion but also introduces a more serene and efficient way of commuting. The positive experiences shared by commuters underscore the multifaceted benefits of the ferry service, contributing to a paradigm shift in the daily lives of those traveling between the two emirates.
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