A luxury cruise awaits you

DUBAI — From the stern to the deck and the dashboard, every inch of the water taxi is inspired by the sophisticated aerospace technology.

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Published: Fri 23 Jul 2010, 12:01 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 9:20 AM

The dual water jet engines built by Rolls Royce add to the aircraft feel as they enable the boat to fly on water at high speed.

Modelled on the Dubai Metro stations, the exterior of the boat is sleek, but it’s the interior that gives you a sense of importance.

A business class atmosphere akin to leading airlines, complete with leather seats reclining to 45 degree and equipped with LCD screens as well as folding tables for laptops, the only thing that is missing is a beautiful stewardess. The seats are comfortable, the leg space is more than ample, the middleaisle is no less than a broadway and most importantly, there is sufficient space for the movement and parking of wheelchairs onboard.

To complete the aircraft-like feeling is the busy dashboard complete with GPS, Bluetooth, and multiple switches that look no less than a cockpit.

The ride was smooth to start with, but as it gained speed, it got bumpier. However, according to RTA officials, the low-wash dual-base boat is capable of riding waves and is perfectly safe in all conditions.

Granted that, the only thing that seemed to trouble most riders was the ineffective air-conditioning system, which the RTA would be upgrading in a couple of weeks.

If you have money to spare, it’s well worth a ride across the Dubai creek and on to its changing coastline.


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