Although Dubai is known to be a big city amongst other UAE cities, the city is not particularly wide spread making getting around Dubai by plane insignificant. This means that you can get from one place to another in a relatively short span of time. But even with that said, Dubai may not be the most pedestrian-friendly city. Getting around Dubai would then require the use of something motorized than just simply going around by foot. Luckily, there are plenty of transportation options around the city.
The United Arab Emirates prides themselves with an impressive network of highways and roads that connect Dubai to major towns making getting around Dubai on land rather amusing. Air-conditioned cabs in Dubai are plenty which can either be booked by phone or hailed on the street. Taxis, which are operated by the Dubai Transport Corporation, are metered taxis and can be distinguished by their unformed drivers and cream-colored cars. Most cab drivers are friendly that can speak and understand enough English to get to where you want to go. A trip across town would not cost more than 40-50 dirhams so make sure to not spend any more than that.
Cars are reasonably priced in Dubai more than anywhere else in the world. Many would be surprised to know that a bottle of mineral water is said to be more expensive than a liter of petrol in Dubai. For the most part, driving around in Dubai in a car is the best option. Not only would it be an affordable choice, you would get to avoid the intense heat of the desert sun especially during intense times of the day.
A valid international driving license and the driver’s passport is required to obtain a temporary local driving license in Dubai. When driving yourself around Dubai, the key is to remain calm in the middle of adversity. UAE drivers are on the right hand side of the car which may need some getting used to for some drivers. But as long as you follow road signs, speed limits and other rules and regulations on the road, driving in Dubai can be pleasant. However, you may want to take caution against drivers who are prone to make sudden and rather dangerous maneuvers. Although Dubai has an excellent road network with majority of the roads having two to four lanes, driving standards of the people might not be at par with the quality of the roads. To those who would rather sit back, relax and see the Dubai landscape pass by, car hire companies that come with a driver are also plentiful in the city.
Although rarely used, water taxis are available to get passengers across the Dubai Creek when getting around Dubai by boat. Such means are rather reserved for the locals as tourists might find this mode of transportation rather slow and time-consuming.
Opened in 2009, the Dubai Metro is an impressive city metro with driverless blue and silver trains that shuttle passengers between modern cocoon-like stations. Most carriages are well-maintained that assure an extremely smooth journey. However, the Dubai Metro is reserved for residents of the city as most stations do not link up to the main tourist attractions of Dubai. Although taking the metro might lead to your destination a little faster, you will still end up needing a car ride at some part of your way. Getting around Dubai either by train, taxi or cab are all relatively affordable making touring around the cosmopolitan city a breeze.