Dubai boasts an impressive road network that includes five Creek crossings and several major highways. Road signs in the city are generally clear and frequent, and all are in English and Arabic.
To drive a rental car in Dubai, you will need to produce a copy of your passport, a valid international driving licence and two passport photographs. You will also need a credit card.
Certain Dubai roads require drivers to pay a toll. Dubai’s toll system is called Salik, and is operated with state-of-the-art electronic gates that scan a special Salik tag installed on your car’s windscreen to deduct the AED 4 fee. Each time you pass under a Salik gate, AED 4 will be deducted from your balance, although you will only be charged a maximum of AED 24 per day. All rental cars are fitted with Salik tags, and you will be required to pay all Salik fees when you settle your final bill with the car hire company. Clearly visible signposts will alert you to any upcoming Salik gates, as well as inform you of exits you can take for non-toll routes.
Should you decide not to hire a car, Dubai has an extensive network of taxis that are easy to hail, safe and reasonably priced. Its public transport solutions also include bus routes, water taxis and the Dubai Metro: a light rail system serving major Dubai attractions and residential areas.