Dubai has an advanced, modern road system. Due to the accelerated rate of property development it is sometimes a little chaotic, but personal transport is still excellent. The taxi service is not expensive and the drivers are eager-to-please and polite.
Other modes of transport include the metro, and the soon-to-open trams, so there are always options besides the ubiquitous car hire companies.
If you are new to Dubai and you want personal transportation you have the following options to get around:
- Dubai Metro
- Downtown Burj Dubai Tramway
- Al Sufouh Tram
- Palm Jumeira Monorail
- Dubai Water Taxi
- Car hire
The Dubai taxi service is relatively inexpensive and you will be able to find one of the many metered cabs with ease. Cars are clean and late models, and drivers are trustworthy. This is the most popular choice of transport for visitors to Dubai.
All Dubai Taxi Company (DTC) taxis are subject to the following conditions:
- Minimum fare 10 AED
- Journey is free if the meter is not used.
- Sharjah Emirate and Northern Emirates fare (either going or passing) will be charged an extra 20 AED.
- Customers departing from Mina Rashid Port into Dubai will be charged an extra 20 AED on their fare.
The fixed rate for a taxi in Dubai between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm is 6 AED (starting meter rate), and 7AED from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.
There is a fleet of taxis with pink roofs that are slated for use by ladies, families, or couples only.
If your destination is on the Metro route, this can be the best way of getting around Dubai.
Dubai’s driverless, fully-automated underground rail network is state-of-the-art, having opened in 2009. This Metro is such an experience that it ranked 5 out of over 180 Dubai attractions on Trip Advisor.
Forty-five stations are operational on two lines, the Red and Green lines, and more lines and stations are planned to be added to the network. Although most of the Metro operates underground at the moment, further lines are expected to be above ground and raised in some areas.
The Metro operates from 5:30 am in the morning until about midnight, but the last train from each end of the network leaves one hour before it closes, so adjust your travel time accordingly.
In the first quarter of 2013 over 33 million people used the metro, which at over 75 kilometres long is the longest automated network in the world.
Downtown Burj Dubai Tramway
This will be a short tramway (4.5 km) serving the Downtown Burj Dubai area. The system is planned to interlink with the Metro, and was supposed to have been completed but was put on hold in 2010.
This Tramway will run 14.5 km from Dubai Marina to Burj al Arab along the Sufouh Highway. It will interchange with 3 stations on the Metro Red Line and will also connect with the Monorail of Palm Jumeirah. The project was supposed to be completed in 2014 but is now expected to be delayed.
Dubai Car Hire
Of course, cars are readily available for hire in Dubai—along with drivers if you want one. The possible drawbacks to hiring a car are that parking can be expensive in Dubai, and if you opt to drive yourself it’s easy to get lost.
You can easily book a tour and get the hang of Dubai that way.
Getting around by bus in Dubai is inexpensive; there are multiple routes aimed at getting you to your location quickly and easily. By purchasing a NOL card, you can prepay for all your public transport and hop on and hop off as your fare permits. Journey planners on the RTA site can help you plan your journey.
To make sure you see all the best sites Dubai has to offer, choose hop-on tour buses. These open top buses will take you throughout the city, allowing you to simply hop off if you want to explore the area further, and hop on to the next bus to join the tour again.
Freight Transport Dubai
Dubai is set to become a major logistics hub for the region, so if you need to move goods for your business there are many quality options open to you in Dubai. Whether you need air or sea freight, road freight or logistics services including warehousing, there is a wide selection of freight forwarding companies.