Getting Around

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When in Dubai, be sure to take the Abra at least once. These are ferryboats which carry about 20 people from one side of the Creek to the other. The fare costs about 2.00 Dhs (about EUR 0.40). Newer air conditioned Abras have been launched which are certainly more comfortable and cost about 4.00 Dhs.


The bus network has been extensively improved with the front being reserved for women and children. The typical fare from one end of Dubai to the other is around 4.10 Dhs.


The most convenient and popular way to get around Dubai is through metered taxis with the minimum fare being 12 Dhs. Going from one of Dubai to the other would cost you roughly 80-100 Dhs.


The metro runs from about 5:50 AM to 11:00 PM on weekdays and a bit later on weekends (Thursday - Saturday). On Fridays, it begins operating at around 1:30 PM. The fare price ranges from AED 1.80 to 5.60 according to length of journey.


Self-drive cars are available from car rental companies for visitors who have an international driving license. Renters must produce their passport along with the valid license. Visitors without an international driving license may obtain a temporary local permit as long as they hold a valid national license from one of the following countries: Germany, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, UK, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

NOTE: Driving in the UAE is on the right-hand side.