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Reserving transportation for your visit

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.

Most well-known international car hire firms have branches in Dubai and offer a range of vehicles and rates. Some car hire firms can provide a driver at an additional cost. Always check that your rate includes comprehensive vehicle insurance.
 
Dubai Airport has a fleet of air-conditioned taxis operated by Dubai Taxi, a subsidiary of Dubai Government's Roads & Transport Authority. These include family sedans, pink taxis (for ladies & family) and special needs vehicles. All taxis have meters so you pay only what's on the meter, though small tips are welcomed by drivers, though not compulsory.  There is also the option of hiring sleek black luxury VIP taxis (Infiniti or Lexus) from Dubai Taxi. Usually available from Dubai Airport, these VIP taxis can also be booked by calling 04-2080808. Starting meter is AED 50, with payment by credit card or cash and equipped with highly qualified drivers who have had accident-free, offence-free and complaint-free driving records. 
 

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.

 

 

Published Date : 13/06/2017Back


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