Visiting Dubai


Dubai is developing at a phenomenal rate and as a result negotiating heavy traffic can be a challenge at times. Additional major roads, bridges and a sophisticated metro system are currently being developed, but in the meantime we recommend that you plan your way around the city carefully in order not to let the traffic get in the way of your stay!

Insider tips:

Avoid the major routes, such as Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Emirates Road at peak times for commuters - Sunday to Thursday, 7-9am and 5.30-7.30pm.

Dubai creek divides new Dubai and old Dubai. If you are intending to visit an area that requires you to cross the creek, expect traffic at most times of day over the bridges.

If you do need to travel at peak times, try to plan your journey so you are going against the traffic - from new Dubai to old Dubai in the mornings and from old Dubai to new Dubai in the evenings.


Public Buses

Travelling by bus is the cheapest way of travelling around Dubai. Buses are usually air-conditioned Mercedes and bus stops are spread out everywhere, especially in the prime location. The schedule of buses is usually 15 minutes but the schedule is different on Friday's and there is a schedule at every bus stop. However during rush hours the intervals between buses are quite long resulting in over crowded buses. There are no bus lanes, so you are stuck in the traffic jam like everyone else.
The bus fare is between 2-5 Dirhams, depend on the destination.
You can also purchase the ticket books (and student will have reduction price).


Dubai has an abundance of licensed, metered taxis. Some of Dubai’s five star hotels also offer a luxury limousine service – which operates metered but unmarked cars, costing only slightly more than taxis. Taxis are generally easily hailed in busy areas, should you require one when you are out and about in the city. You can also pre-book a taxi, for more information call Dubai Transport on 04 2080808. Though not expected, tipping is greatly appreciated by taxi drivers, and 5–10 UAE Dirhams per journey is recommended if you have enjoyed a pleasant ride to your destination.

Hiring A Car

cardimage If you are brave enough to take on the city’s traffic yourself during your visit, car hire and fuel is extremely affordable in Dubai. Most hotels have a car hire partner and if you fancy shopping in style with a luxury car, Dubai has several car hire companies specialising in exotic or high performance cars and private limousines with drivers - just ask your hotel concierge for details.

Abra Service (Water Taxis)

cardimage Many people use Abras to go to work, as they are cheaper than taxis or buses & avoid the ever-increasing traffic on the bridges & tunnel that enable you to cross the creek.
It costs 1 Dhs (1 US Dollar = 3.67 Dirhams) to cross the creek, or you can hire the boat for only yourself/your group & pay Dhs 10. The boats seat up to 20 people and fill up quickly.

There are several Abra stations along the creek, but the main points are located near the Gold Souk (Deira), near the Rivoli Building (Deira) and near the Textile Souk/HSBC Building (Bur Dubai). There is a Tourist Information Counter near Bur Dubai Abra station.

On Foot

cardimage Most people get around the city by car and it is not advisable to attempt walking from district to district since there may not be footpaths for the entire route. However, a visit to one of Dubai’s many beautiful parks or beaches or to the creek and souk area is definitely recommended, where you can walk around safely and easily.

Dubai Metro

The Metro is scheduled to partially open by September 2009 and be fully completed by 2012.

There will be a total of 47 stations (in addition to station on the extension lines).
The Red Line will have 29 stations, including 24 elevated, four underground and one at ground-level. This line is 52.1 km long, including 4.7 km underground. The Green Line will have 18 stations, including 12 elevated and 6 underground. The Green Line is 22.5 km long, including 7.9 km underground.

There will be two transfer stations — Union Square and the BurJuman Centre. At the transfer stations, Green and Red Lines will cross each other and passengers will be able to change between lines.
Car parking facility will be provided to metro users on the concept of "park and ride".
There will be small parking spaces at each station while each station will be linked to other mode of transportation, including taxis, buses and at some stations water transport.

The interior of the trains is based on a water and air theme and every train will have five compartments. Every train will have three classes – The Golden Class (VIP), the Women and Children's Class and the Silver Class (economy).
A variety of safety devices, including closed circuit television in all trains will ensure a safe and comfortable journey for all.

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