Dubai, a city known for its unwavering commitment to innovation and progress, is once again making waves on the global stage.
This time around it is with the ambitious Marine Transport Master Plan 2030. Recently approved by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai. This visionary plan outlines a remarkable transformation of Dubai's marine transport system over the next decade.
The Marine Transport Master Plan 2030 is nothing short of groundbreaking.
It encompasses a 188% expansion of the marine transport network, which is a fourfold increase in passenger lines, and an innovation that's set to make history: known as the world's first electric abra, manufactured using cutting-edge 3D printing technology.
This comes in line with the 2040 master plan as it represents Dubai's relentless pursuit for marine transport that is efficient, eco-friendly, and seamlessly integrated into daily life.
One of the most ambitious goals of this master plan is to expect a surge in numbers of 51. A 51% rise in passengers onboarding Dubai’s marine transport system, which will soar from the current numbers of 14.7 million to a remarkable 22.2 million annually by 2030.
As you know, this plan will see a 188% increase in the total length of the marine transport network, stretching it from 55 kilometres to an extensive 158 kilometres.
To accommodate this expansion, the number of marine transport stations will see a significant uptick, rising from 48 stations currently to 79 stations along various waterways and waterfront projects.
Now for the groundbreaking aspect of this plan is the introduction of the world's first electric abra! Yes, a 3-D printed abra.
Crafted using state-of-the-art 3-D printing technology and designed to carry up to 20 passengers, this marvel is not only a triumph of engineering but also a tribute to Dubai's heritage, seamlessly blending tradition with innovation.
Furthermore, the utilisation of 3-D printing reduces manufacturing time by a remarkable 90%, while cost savings of up to 30% which also ensures economic efficiency.
This marine master plan also places a strong emphasis on the maintenance and upkeep of marine transport.
Dubai's Al Garhoud RTA Marine Maintenance Centre has been in line with reducing maintenance costs by about 50%. This facility has significantly enhanced the operational readiness of marine transport, ensuring safety and quality standards are met for both government and private entities.
This master plan is not just about expansion and innovation; it's about embracing a more sustainable future.
The autonomous electric abra, with zero carbon emissions and reduced operational and maintenance costs, is a testament to Dubai's commitment to environmental responsibility.
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