Know Dubai

The easiest way to get around Dubai is either by private vehicle or taxi. Dubai’s road network is excellent and road signs are in both Arabic and English. Driving is on the right hand side of the road.

Dubai is at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa making it a favorite stop for the world’s major airlines. Dubai International Airport has three terminals that are located on different sides of the airport. Terminal 1 serves most major airlines, 3 serves Emirates Airline only and all terminals offer comprehensive services. There is no airport departure tax. Dubai Duty Free shops can be found in both the arrival and departure halls.

Dubai has an impressive road network that connects all parts of the city and the surrounding areas. To make driving safer, the law requires you to use a hands–free device when using a mobile phone and to fasten your seat belt when travelling in the front seats of a car. Speed limits around town are 60 – 80 km/hr, while highways to other parts of the UAE are 100 – 120 km/hr.

Parking charges range from AED 2 – 3 per hour in clearly marked paid zones during peak hours of 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Fridays and public holidays are free. A road toll system known as Salik is operated at certain points throughout the city. To use the tolled highways, vehicles are required to have a prepaid Salik tag, from which AED 4 is deducted every time you pass through one of the gates.

If you are involved in a car accident, even a minor one, you must remain at the scene of the accident with your car and report the incident to the Traffic Police by dialing 999.

Dubai is home to the major international car rental companies plus many others. You will need to provide your original passport and a valid international driving license or accepted license from your home country to rent a car. Comprehensive insurance is a good idea.

Dubai Municipality runs numerous bus routes that serve the main residential and commercial areas of the emirate. Some bus routes also cover destinations outside of the city. Buses run at regular intervals from 06:00 am to 10:00 pm. Fares range between AED 1.80 – 5.80 per journey and are paid through a prepay card system.

Metered taxis are the way to go in Dubai. Normal pickup is AED 5.00 and AED 5.50 between 10:00 pm to    6:00 am, followed by AED 1.82 per kilometer. Pickup from the airport taxi stand starts at AED 25 and a ride to the centre of town costs around AED 30 – 35.

Al Arabia Taxi (green)
+ 971 4 285 5566
Cars Taxi (blue)
+ 971 4 269 3344
City Taxi (white)
+ 971 4 333 1110
Dubai Taxi Corporation (red)
+ 971 4 208 0808
Metro Taxi (orange)
+ 971 4 267 3222
National Taxi (yellow)
+ 971 4 339 0002

Dubai inaugurated its Metro network in 2009 with two lines, the Red Line and the Green Line. The lines run daily from 6.00 am till 12.00 am, except Friday, when it runs from 10.00 am till 12.00 am.

The 52.1km Red Line has 29 stations, starting at Al Rashidia and passing by the Airport, Deira, Bur Dubai, and Sheikh Zayed Road ending in Jebel Ali. The 22.5km Green Line has 20 stations, starting at Etisalat and passing by Deira, Bur Dubai central areas, the souks, Burjuman and Wafi shopping centers ending in the Dubai Creek.

RTA has introduced ‘feeder bus routes’ to allow commuters to travel from major locations in and around stations. Drop–off zones, bus and taxi stops have also been constructed outside of each station.

The driverless, fully automated trains are fully air–conditioned, Silver Class Tickets (charged at AED 3.00 – 7.50 per trip), a women and children only section, plus a first-class, ‘gold’ section (charged at AED 7.00 – 15.00 per trip, AED 20 for daily use, and AED 230 for monthly use). Special discounts are also available for students and senior citizens. Metro card should have minimum balance of AED 7.50

The train’s maximum speed is 90km/hr, forming a round trip of two hours and 23 minutes for the Red Line and one hour and 23 minutes for the Green Line.