Starting next year, you could travel from Qatar to Bahrain in 1.5 hours via the upcoming ferry.
Various forms of local media have disclosed of plans of the launch of the first Qatar to Bahrain ferry service this upcoming year. The ferry will reportedly be operated by a local company, which hopes to woo travelers as they offer a quicker ride over to Bahrain, for both them and their cars.
Gulf Ferry, with input from Sora Marine Services in Doha, will be operating the transport service, with plans of having it up and running by mid-2017. Once open for business, it will offer two daily return trips from Al Ruwais port in northern Qatar to the Khalifa bin Salman port in Bahrain, and will carry both private and commercial vehicles.
Currently people can travel from Qatar to Bahrain by car, but will have to do it through Saudi Arabia. The journey takes about 4.5 hours, compared to the ferry ride that would take between one and a half and two and a half hours.
While there has been talks about constructing a sea-bridge linking the two countries, the ferry will be a great project since the talks have had no real outcome so far. Operating a ferry is considerably cheaper than a constructing a sea-bridge between two countries almost a hundred kilometers apart by water.
The company has also voiced plans of operating a similar ferry between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, if their first ferry proves successful. There has been no set timeline or confirmation of this however.
According a source speaking to Doha news, a RoPax ferry has already been acquired for the duty, which will be able to carry up to 50 vehicles and 100 passengers at a time.