Taxis are the most common way of getting around Dubai. Thera are
more than 7,000 cabs operating in the emirate, all of which are
regulated by the Government. There is a minimum fare of Dhs10 for
passengers travelling within Dubai. The starting fare from the
airport to any destination in the emirate is Dhs20.
Dubai Taxi corporation provides an around the clock direct
booking service for taxis on the phone number +971 4 208 0808.
Ladies taxi or cab driven by women drivers are easily recognized
by their pink-colored roof, seats and interiors.
Self-drive cars are available from a range of local and
internationally renowned car rental companies. Customers must
produce their passport together with a valid international driving
license. Visitors without an international driving license may
obtain a temporary local license as long as they hold a valid
To increase Dubai's bus usage, the RTA has equipped its modern
bus fleets including its double decker buses with new technologies
to ensure passenger comfort. The emirate's bus fleets are equipped
with a modern air-conditioning system. An electronic
destination and route display system has also been installed in the
buses. Special seats have also been allotted for women, children
and elderly passengers.
Airport shuttle buses run between terminals and the city bus
service also stops outside each terminal. Dubai International
Airport Buses are custom-built and air-conditioned with ample
The first phase of the Dubai Metro was inaugurated on 9
September 2009 with the launch of the 52km Red Line, which runs
along Sheikh Zayed Road. The second phase of the project involves
the 23.9km Green Line, which will be inaugurated in 2010.
An interesting way to travel between Dubai and Deira, for a
nominal sum, is by abra across the Creek or by water bus. For just
Dhs25, visitors can enjoy a 45-minute trip along Dubai Creek. The
journey begins at Al Shindagha Station, by the Heritage Village and
concludes at Al Seef station, opposite the British Embassy.