Explosive growth and development make Dubai a multi-cultural hub for business and leisure travel. Tom and I recently spent a long layover in Dubai and are impressed with how easy travel is within the city. We hope showing you the ease of transport in Dubai will inspire you to explore this cosmopolitan metropolis.
Getting around Dubai is extremely efficient and inexpensive. In addition, English is widely spoken, so we were not afraid of ending up at an incorrect destination! Here are some of our favorite modes of transportation:
- Taxi: Taxis in Dubai are relatively cheap in comparison with cities other international cities. All of the taxis are strictly regulated by the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA). Know that your ride will be comfortable and the fair price depends on the meter reading. Upon arrival at Dubai International Airport, Tom and I took a taxi to our hotel. Our driver(a woman!) was courteous and spoke excellent English.
- Uber: Uber is an excellent way to travel throughout Dubai. We ordered an Uber ride using our hotel’s free WiFi. Tom and I were impressed with our ride. Our driver’s car is a brand new Infinity SUV. The comfortable ride from our hotel to the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa area is even more affordable than a taxi. You cannot beat a ride in a luxury vehicle for less than $5!
- Dubai Metro : This is a fantastic way to travel throughout Dubai. The modern and fully automated rail system is extremely efficient and clean. Tom and I traveled from the Burj Khalifa to the Emirates terminal at Dubai International Airport via the metro. The station agent spoke excellent English and helped us secure our tickets. At approximately $1, the ride is extremely economical and comfortable. I recommend sitting at the front of the train for a beautiful view of this vibrant city.
- Boat: In order to cross the Dubai Creek, be sure to try out the Dubai Waterbus. It is approximately $0.50 and the air conditioning allows the lovely ride to be comfortable as well. For about half that price, take an Abra, a traditional wooden boat that has more character (but no a/c).
- Palm Monorail: The “Palm” is an iconic landmark in Dubai. No visit to the city is complete without seeing this man-made wonder. In comparison with other Dubai modes of transportation, the Palm Monorail is pricy at $4 for a one-way ticket. However, it provides a great view as you are transported from one side of the island to the other.
Dubai is a fantastic city and is one of the major airport hubs in the world. If you happen to be in Dubai for a long layover, escape from the airport and explore the city. It’s surprisingly easy and inexpensive to discover one of the world’s wealthiest and most pristine cities.
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