In the UAE, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has designated a station at Sabkha Marine Transport Station for supplying biofuel (Biodiesel 5) to traditional Abras operating on Dubai Creek, as of July this year. This decision has been taken following the successful trial operation last year where five traditional Abras used to be powered by Biodiesel 5, which is officially certified in the UAE, in collaboration with ENOC Group.
There are 148 traditional Abras operated by the private sector on two lines on Dubai Creek. They ferry about 13 million riders annually (90% of the total number of marine transport riders in Dubai). The existing fleet of traditional Abras uses 30hp diesel engines that consume 1.1 million liters of diesel per annum.