The Department of Transport operates two passenger and vehicle ferries to and from Delma Island through Marsa Jabal Al Dhanna (Jabal Al Dhanna Port) and Delma Island Port. Both ferries have daily trips departing from each port, thus making it possible to visit Delma Island and return to the mainland in one day.
Important information about riding the ferries in Abu Dhabi
If you plan to take the ferry from or to Delma Island, make sure you read the following information before getting on board:
Ferries timetables: click here to view the ferries timetables in PDF format.
Ports locations: click here to launch DoT's Geographic Information System (Darb) to get driving directions and information on other modes of transport such as busses to and from Delma ferries ports.
Tickets and fares: Below are the fares and ticket fees for taking the ferry from Abu Dhabi or Delma Island:
Individuals with the age of 12 years and above: 20AED.
Individuals aged below 12 years: Free.
One Vehicle: 100AED.
Service leaflet: click here to view the ferry service leaflet in PDF format. The leaflet highlights important maritime safety rules, regulations and conditions in relation to the operation of Delma Island ferry services, including:
Rules of ferry usage
General terms of transportation
Permissible and non- Permissible freight
People with special needs and medical conditions
Prohibited items on the Ferry
Required documents for riding the ferry: if you plan to ride the Delma ferry, make sure you have the following documents with you before proceeding to the port:
Valid ID: any official and valid ID such as passport, Emirates ID, Driving License or employment card.
Vehicle Registration Card: in case you would like to transport your vehicle on the ferry.
Ferry passengers are advised to be present at the boarding gates at least fifteen (15) minutes prior to the departure time highlighted in the timetable.
For inquiries and more information on the ferry service, please contact us on call center: 800 55555
About Delma and the ferry service in Abu Dhabi
Sitting approximately 22 nautical miles off the coast of Abu Dhabi with a population of approximately 4,800, Delma Island is gearing up to be one of the most attractive business and tourism destinations in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, given the growing number of businesses and scheduled plans for development by the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC).
Access to and from the island has, in the past, been provided by daily subsidized barge and ferry services for both passengers and vehicles from Port Mugharaq on the mainland and a free air service direct from Abu Dhabi airport. As space on the vessels was limited and the passengers had to compete with freight to carry their cars to Delma, the Department of Transport was tasked with providing a passenger and vehicle ferry service to Delma Island.
Suitable vessels were purchased in late 2009 and were shipped to Abu Dhabi. After a period of preparation and training for the crew, the ferries were delivered to Al Gharbia (Western Region) and trigerred operations between Jebel Al Dhanna and Delma Island. The ferries have been named Yameela and Al Gharbia.
Now fully operational, there are daily trips departing from each port, thus making it possible to visit Delma Island and return to the mainland in one day. Services started in mid March 2010 and are proving immensely popular with the inhabitants and visitors of Delma Island.
Abu Dhabi Weather Service
Before you go out on your vessel or personal watercraft it is important that you are aware of the weather and meteorological conditions that you may face. Weather forecasts should always be obtained when planning your trip on the water, no matter how short, and updates should be obtained while you are out on the water.
The Department of Transport – Maritime Sector recommends that vessel operators use the maritime weather information from the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology at www.ncms.ae or you can contact the number below to obtain the current weather forecast.
To obtain the latest weather forcast, you can call the following numbers:
Abu Dhabi: +971.2.666 7776 (Arabic) or 7000 13000 (English or Arabic).