The Pearl’s water taxi service is a boon for residents
TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK
DOHA THE Pearl-Qatar is operating Doha’s first and only water taxi service these days, allowing residents and visitors to commute around the island in style.
Operated by Ronautica Middle East (RME), the unique and convenient shuttle service operates within the Porto Arabia precinct and will later this year expand to connect all parts of the island.
The service employs a fleet of 22ft boats, which are electrically propelled and as a result, environmentally friendly. The boats have comfortable seating and make each trip a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
“An efficient infrastructure to enable the movement of people around the island was part of the master development plan for The Pearl- Qatar since its inception,” said Roger Dagher, director of Corporate Communications at United Development Company, the master developer of The Pearl- Qatar. “This is just one of the many services provided for the convenience of visitors and residents at The Pearl- Qatar, but it also allows people to explore the island and take full advantage of our first class shopping and dining outlets,” Dagher added.
According to Jaume Marco, general manager of Ronautica Middle East, the company will continue to offer an option for passengers looking to enjoy water commuters around the different areas of Porto Arabia. “As other precincts of The Pearl- Qatar open up for residents and visitors, the water taxi will become an even more valuable commute alternative for residents wanting to enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on their way to their favourite shop or restaurant,” Marco said.
There are currently five locations within Porto Arabia where visitors and residents can catch a water shuttle — water taxi 1; water taxi 6; water taxi 11; water taxi 17 and Marina Gate 30.
Those wanting to ride the shuttle service can purchase individual tickets from three locations within The Pearl- Qatar — the Concierge Desk at 4 La Croisette, the Harbour Master’s office front desk and also Al Tabkha Restaurant at 18 La Croisette.