The Dubai Ferry is a relatively recent addition to the Emirate’s expanding public and tourist transport system and is being constantly improved and expanded.
Al Ghubaiba Marine Transport Station is one of the main marine transport hubs in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is operated by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai. The station is a key point for water transport, including traditional abras (water taxis) and water buses, connecting various destinations along Dubai Creek.
The Dubai Ferry currently runs from six ferry terminals: Dubai Marina, Bluewater Marine Transport Station, Al Ghubaiba, Dubai Canal Station, Sharjah Aquarium and Souk al Marfa. The first two stations to operate were at Al Ghubaiba and Dubai Marina, with a terminal at Al Mamzar introduced in October 2014 – However, Al Mamzar no longer runs services due to lack of demand. The service also used to run along Dubai Water Canal to Al Jadaf but this has changed to a Water Taxi service.
The ferry service between Dubai and Sharjah was suspended after the 2020 pandemic but has now resumed and you can find full details of that service here. There are a number of routes currently in place for the Dubai Ferry and if you are looking for the Dubai Ferry Timings then we will list them here for easy access.
The main route is from Dubai Marina to Al Ghubaiba which takes you from one end of Dubai to the other and vice versa. The route from and to the Marina and Al Ghubaiba takes almost 2 hours as you can see and stops at Dubai Canal Marine Station as well as BlueWaters Marine Station.
There are also some tourist trips that leave and return to the same station.
1pm – Dubai Marina
1.20pm BlueWaters (leaves at this time)
2.05pm Dubai Canal
2.55pm arrives at Al Ghubaiba
6pm – Dubai Marina
6.20pm BlueWaters (leaves at this time)
7.05pm Dubai Canal
7.55pm arrives at Al Ghubaiba
1pm – Al Ghubaiba
1.50pm Dubai Canal
2.55pm arrives at the Marina
6pm – Al Ghubaiba
6.50pm Dubai Canal
7.55pm arrives at the Marina
4.30pm leaves Al Ghubaiba for approximately one hour – we understand that this trip is currently not running.
11.30am leaves Dubai Marina for approximately one hour
4.30pm leaves Dubai Marina for approximately one hour
These Dubai Ferry timings may change and there are also additional sailings added for special events like New Years Eve. Check out the current routes on
In most countries the term ‘ferry’ would imply a boat that takes you from one place to another for more of a public transport purpose. However, although the Dubai Ferry is run by the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority), the Ferry is more of a tourist trip as there are four trips that are run on the Dubai Ferry that start at the ferry station, tour round areas of local interest, and return to the same station, with each trip lasting for an hour.