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As the RTA contemplates on giving us the 250kph Superbus and Qatar test runs a public bike sharing system, Kipp looks at the most vehicles that have become an integral part of our urban jungle.

April 12, 2011 4:55 by


Water Taxis were introduced in Dubai last year, designed to cut to take tourists around the islands and to and from both sides of the creek. The taxis, particularly those by the Deira Creek, competed with the traditional abras, which inevitably lost some business especially in the summer. Fares range from Dh50 to Dh570 for the whole vessel not per passenger.

The world’s fastest commercial diesel ferry is the 65-metre (213 ft) Auto Express catamaran ferry Shinas, which was built for the Oman. It achieved a record service speed of 52 knots (96 km/h; 60 mph) during sea trials. The vessel also reached peak speed of 55.9 knots (103.5 km/h; 64.3 mph). The Shinas is the first of two identical vessels built for the Sultanate at Austal’s facilities in Australia.

Each vessel will carry 208 passengers and 56 cars along a 180-nautical-mile (330 km; 210 mi) route between Muscat and Musandam.


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1 Comment

  1. MK on April 13, 2011 11:33 am

    It’s been almost three years since I’ve sold my car…I’ve been relying mostly on car pool and public transport (mainly taxi&metro) and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
    For those people who’re skeptical about the public transport in the UAE, particulary in Dubai, I suggest they give it a try for a week, before raising their eyebrows!
    We all know that we could do with fewer cars on the roads.


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