Abu Dhabi Announces Free Ferry Service

Under the Dalma Race Festival, Abu Dhabi Maritime has offered a free ferry service on the Dalma Islan-Jebel Dhanna route from April 28 to May 15.

Over 3,000 sailors will compete in a 60-foot traditional dhow race stretching over 125 kilometers over the course of 18 days at the Dalma Race Festival. Other forms of entertainment, notably for families, will be provided for tourists.

Captain Saif Al Mheiri, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Maritime, expressed his pleasure at being the silver sponsor of the sixth edition of the Dalma Race Festival, noting that they always want to help the community and promote heritage among the young.

He also stated that the free ferry service will allow everyone to see this incredible event live. Those interested can order tickets and check schedules at

The race will begin on Dalma Island and will travel via eight additional islands, including Sir Bani Yas, Ghasha, Umm Al KurKum, Al Fatayer, Al Bazm, Al Fay, Marawah, and Janana, before finishing in Al Mirfa City.

Other Events at the Festival

Along with the race, the festival will include a variety of traditional and aquatic activities, such as fishing contests, domino and carrom games, cycling, running, fireworks, theatrical performances, and cultural presentations.

Visitors can also tour the Souq, which features a number of traditional kiosks displaying Emirati marine heritage, as well as local stores selling historical items and popular food.

Daily competitions and prize giveaways, as well as historical and folk contests, traditional handicrafts, and other events for all ages, will be held in the Children’s Village and Theater.

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