Sheikh Hamdan approves Dubai Expansive Water Network Growth plan

In a momentous meeting, the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, had the privilege of meeting Hanadi Al Doseri, a pioneer who etched her name in history as the first Emirati female captain of a mass marine transport vehicle. This encounter is a testament to Dubai's commitment to breaking gender barriers and promoting diversity in traditionally male-dominated industries.

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Dubai Crown Prince Unveils Ambitious 2030 Plan for Maritime Transport

Dubai's Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has taken a bold step towards revolutionizing the Emirate's maritime transportation system with the approval of the groundbreaking Dubai Marine Transport Master Plan 2030.

By 2030, the plan's main objective of accommodating 22 million people is to greatly improve Dubai's maritime capabilities. We examine the innovative projects and improvements that are slated to transform Dubai's marine transportation scene in this comprehensive strategy.

3D-Printed Electric Abra

One of the standout innovations within the Dubai Marine Transport Master Plan 2030 is the creation of the world's first 3D-printed electric abra. Combining tradition and modernity, this innovative vessel is capable of carrying 20 passengers. Its production method reduces manufacturing time by a remarkable 90% and lowers costs by 30%, setting new standards for efficiency and sustainability.

Transforming the Marine Transport Network

Dubai's marine transport network will see substantial expansion under the plan. The total length of this network will increase from 55 kilometers to an impressive 158 kilometers. Moreover, marine transport stations will multiply from 48 to 79, strategically positioned along the Dubai Creek, Dubai Water Canal, the Arabian Gulf coastline, and various waterfronts.

Passenger transport lines will experience a remarkable rise from seven to 35, while the marine transport fleet will grow by 32% from 196 to 258, enhancing accessibility and convenience for commuters.

Empowering Female Leadership in Maritime Transport

During his visit to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Sheikh Hamdan met Hanadi Al Doseri, who made history as the first Emirati female captain of a mass marine transport vehicle. Her journey to acquiring the necessary qualifications and licenses exemplifies Dubai's commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the maritime industry.

Pioneering Autonomous Abras for Sustainable Transport

Dubai's commitment to sustainability is further evident through the successful trial of autonomous abras. These electric vessels operate without a captain, showcasing 100% route accuracy. Crafted locally, they preserve the traditional abra's identity while offering zero carbon emissions, cost savings, and noise reduction.

State-of-the-Art Marine Maintenance Centre

Sheikh Hamdan also reviewed the Al Garhoud RTA Marine Maintenance Centre, the region's largest facility of its kind, boasting workshops, piers, and docks designed to maintain and enhance Dubai's marine transport fleet. Since its inception in 2018, it has significantly improved operational efficiency and reduced maintenance costs.

Dubai's Marine Transport Master Plan 2030 is not just an infrastructure expansion but a testament to the Emirate's commitment to innovation, sustainability, and inclusivity in the maritime sector.

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