Consider the most interesting and popular ways to get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back.
The first and most chic way is the hydroplane
Hydroplanes do not function in the UAE as public transport. They are used for organized tours from Dubai to the sights of Abu Dhabi. The most popular such tour is a flight from Dubai to the Ferrari park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The cost of such a tour includes the flight itself and tickets to the park.
Such a flight makes it possible to see from a bird's-eye view to the most beautiful objects in the UAE - the track for the Grand Prix of Formula 1 on the island of Yas, the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel, the artificial islands of Palm Jumeirah and the World Islands, the Burj Al Arab Hotel and much more.
At the time of publication of this article, the cost of such a tour is $ 438. It is very expensive, but very interesting.
It would be great to drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi or back on the ship, cutting the waves of the Persian Gulf and enjoying the sea breeze, but so far there is no sea transport between the two emirates.
In Dubai there is a maritime public transport, called Dubai Ferry, these are small sea trams (see photo ). But they carry passengers only inside the city of Dubai. There are no flights to Abu Dhabi yet.
The second and as yet unavailable way is the train
Rail transport in the UAE is unpopular, this is due to the difficulties of laying railways in the desert. Now in the UAE fully functional only three rail transport systems: the Dubai Metro , the Dubai tram and the monorail to the island of Palm, where tourists go to the Aquapark Atlantis and the oceanarium The Lost Chambers .
But soon everything will change. Now the UAE is building a 1,200-kilometer-long railway line from the border with Saudi Arabia in the west to the border with Oman in the east.
This branch will pass through Dubai, and through Abu Dhabi. The train will be the most convenient and fastest way to travel between these cities.
The speed of passenger trains will be 200 kilometers per hour. It certainly does not hold out to Chinese high-speed trains , but for the Middle East it's a record.
It's strange that the sheikhs of the Arab Emirates did not build something "most-most" like the Maglev train, but limited themselves to simple rails and quite ordinary trains. But they like to build some technical miracle, remember at least the Burj Khalifa , the Dubai fountains or the Dubai Mall .
The entire branch of this railway will begin to function fully in 2018. Now in the test mode only a small section between Shah and Khabshan regions, which is of no value to tourists, has been put into operation.