The new Water Shuttle on Yas Island marks the destination’s first water transport launch

Created with the aim of catering to rising demand, the water shuttle is set to bolster island-community links while improving accessibility

Yas Bay Waterfront has launched a water shuttle pilot programme on 18 March, ferrying passengers across Yas Marina and the waterfront, from and to Al Bandar and Al Muneera on Al Raha Beach. The two-month programme is part of Yas Bay’s plans to boost island connectivity to ensure a seamless experience for residents and guests.

Recognising the significance of water transport and catering to rising demand, the Water Shuttle is the first launch of its kind within Yas Island, aiming to bolster accessibility from neighbouring communities.

Taghrid Al Saeed, Executive Director of Marketing and Destination Strategy at Miral, said: “We are delighted to introduce this pilot programme, strengthening Yas Island’s connectivity with a new mode of waterways transportation. Visitors will gain a new perspective by travelling on Yas Island’s waterways, easily accessing its popular world-class offerings. We are confident that this Water Shuttle will appeal to all our guests and look forward to expanding further across the island, further positioning it a global destination for entertainment and leisure.”

The Water Shuttles will ferry passengers aboard two boats, travelling in circular directions on a set route with each total circulation lasting 40 minutes. One shuttle will operate from 2 pm until 10 pm, while the other will move along the stations from 5 pm to 11 pm; these timings will vary during the weekends. Each shuttle can seat up to 20 passengers, ensuring a comfortable ride that adheres to all government safety guidelines and regulations.

The Yellow Boats Charter LLC, an award-winning Abu Dhabi-based company, will operate the 12-metre seagoing vessels, ensuring a safe speed of 10 knots. Each trip is priced at an affordable AED5 for adults while children under 12 enjoy the ride for free. The Water Shuttle is part of a plan to develop the island’s marine transport system to meet the needs of thousands of residents, visitors and tourists seeking to travel via the iconic Yas Bay Waterfront.

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