There are many different ways to navigate your way around Dubai. The city boasts an excellent road network and a range of car hire firms, so as long as you have an international driving licence it is possible to drive yourself around Dubai.
If you would prefer to enjoy the sights around you rather than having to keep your eye on the road, there are several easy public transport options. The Dubai Metro covers the length of the city and stops at most major attractions along the way.
Dubai’s bus network is growing all the time and covers most parts of the city – while a bus ride may not always take you somewhere via the most direct route, it is a cheap and safe way to get around.
The Dubai Taxi Corporation, regulated by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has a fleet of over 4,000 taxis. Flagging down a taxi is easy: apart from numerous taxi ranks around the city, and designated taxi areas at all shopping malls, you can raise your hand while walking along the city’s quieter roads (just not on major highways), and if the taxi is available, the driver will stop at the nearest safe spot.
If you are in the area of the Dubai Creek and wish to cross from one side to the other, taking an abra (traditional water taxi) is highly recommended. This is also a good area of the city to explore on foot, with numerous alleys and interesting souks to discover.
It is important to acquaint yourself with various road safety tips while in Dubai, no matter how you choose to get around. Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road, so bear this in mind if hiring a car. It is also worth remembering this if you are exploring on foot: if you are from a left-hand drive country, practise caution when crossing the road, as cars will be approaching from the opposite direction. And always use designated pedestrian crossings.
All taxis in Dubai have to display their taxi number, so if you experience any incident while in a taxi, remember to take a note of this number so that you can file a complaint. It is also worth noting the taxi number just in case you forget any items in the taxi when you get out.
In 2014, the RTA introduced a new public transport initiative for tourists called 'One Day in Dubai.' Tourists and residents can use all modes of public transport including Dubai Ferry, Water Bus, Heritage Abra, Dubai Metro & Public Buses. The package includes a Dubai map, snack vouchers and a NOL card for public transport. The package costs AED 130 for adults and AED 100 for a child, with the package available at most marine stations. The package is designed for a full day's travel and tour landmarks include old and new Dubai including popular tourist attractions such as Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and the heritage buildings on the Creek.
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