Dubai has a beautiful cityscape dotted with some of the world’s largest and most fascinating structures. From the world’s tallest building to the world’s busiest airport, the most expensive and lavish hotels, great theme parks and mega shopping malls, everything in Dubai is larger than life. This makes it a dream destination for business travellers and tourists from all around the world.
Dubai, one of the seven Emirates in the UAE is not only the most populous city but also the business hub of the Middle East. In addition to being a business hub, Dubai is a tourism bastion with over 8 million international visitors in 2015.
Transportation in Dubai
Dubai is spread over an area of more than 1600 sq. miles. For such a huge city, round-the-clock connectivity becomes of subprime importance and Dubai boasts of a well-laid network of metro trains and taxis which keep the city and its people always on the move.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) operates the Dubai public transport which includes Dubai metro, buses, water buses and abras (water taxis) and road taxis.
Metro – Dubai’s lifeline
The Dubai Metro was flagged off in 2009 and currently operates two lines – the Red and Green lines – covering a total distance of close to 75 km. The Dubai metro timings have been set from 6 am to 11 pm from Saturday to Thursday and 1 pm to midnight on Fridays. The metro fares range from 1 AED to 13 AED depending on the route and concessions eligibility. All metro stations have map displays showing routes in both English and Arabic. One can also purchase the ‘Nol card’ which allows unlimited metro and bus travel throughout the day.
Exploring Dubai using Taxis
With a well-spread network, taxis are a convenient way of travelling around Dubai. There are different types of taxis in Dubai which are differentiated with their roof colours. For instance, the yellow are national taxis and orange are metro taxis. A unique feature of the city taxi is the pink-roof taxi operated for and by women, ensuring safe travel for women at any time of the day.
The RTA taxis can be booked by calling the taxi call centre. The fares differ depending on the kind of taxi service required and the time of day at which the taxi is booked. Taxis in Dubai run on meters with different flag fall rates for different types of bookings.
Both metro rail and taxis are well-connected with the Dubai airport to ferry people in and out of the airport. Dubai also has a lot of private taxi operators who can be booked either on distance or hourly basis as per the need of the traveller.
The RTA has a package called ‘One Day in Dubai’ that allows passengers to travel on all public transport for a day. The 24-hour hotline makes it easy for tourists to make enquiries.
So be it admiring the Burj Khalifa during the day, shopping in Dubai Mall in the noon, or spending the night in the luxurious rooms of DAMAC Maison De Ville Breeze, the Dubai transportation ensures that you have a comfortable and economical ride to your destination.