Dubai Public Transport – The Best in the World?3 MIN READ
Dubai, over the years has become best known for its connectivity with a plethora of options for public transport, particularly if you have time and want to experience Dubai from a unique vantage point. For those wanting to splurge, subsidized fuel prices, as well as relatively cheaper car prices and maintenance, mean that people who live in or visit Dubai can indulge in exotic models of cars that they wouldn’t dream of in their home countries. If you’re visiting Dubai, these are the 9 ways you can easily get around the maximum city:
Dubai Metro – The Dubai Metro is a state-of-the-art, driverless, fully automated rail system that is clean, fast, and efficient. Although it is not very extensive, there are planned extensions to the system, and it does connect to the Dubai Airport – and some of the major tourist destinations such as the Mall of the Emirates and the Burj Khalifa.The red and green lines are currently operational, with the RTA planning three more lines.
Taxis – Compared to other similar metropolitan cities, taxis in Dubai are relatively cheap, well maintained, and strictly regulated by the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA). All taxis are metered so there is no ambiguity in paying for your trip. There are many different taxi companies in Dubai, and most of the drivers are courteous and speak basic English.The RTA has also introduced a Smart Taxi App, which is very convenient, allowing a person to book the nearest taxi from their smart phones based on their location.
Buses – Dubai’s network of buses is quite extensive and buses are a great connection point from the metro to your destination. They are very affordable, accept Nol cards as a form of payment, and can get you to destinations that the Metro does not reach – such as Jumeirah Beach.Buses can also take you between emirates, which the Metro system is not currently designed to do, and is an affordable way to travel if you are on a budget.
Abras – Dubai’s quaint mix of new and old is nowhere more evident than in its simple, wooden water taxis that cruise along the 10-meter Creek, transporting people across.These quaint aquatic taxis, also known as abras, are a great way to avoid traffic build-up, are amongst the cheapest forms of public transport, and are very quick, taking between 5-10 minutes to get to the other side.
Water taxis – Whereas the abra is confined to navigating the Creek, Dubai’s relatively new fleet of water taxis, operated by the RTA, are able to navigate the waters of the Arabian Gulf.The taxis are very sleek and modern looking, and are a new concept by the RTA to try and ease the daily congestion on Dubai’s most travelled roads.
Nol cards – In a bid to make public transport more efficient and convenient for the public, the RTA introduced the Nol card, which is a smart card that can be used on the various RTA public transport forms such as buses, trams, water buses, and the metro system.The Nol card has several advantages, the biggest being that there is no need to carry around cash to pay for transport – just top up your card and use it to pay.
Dubai Ferry – The Dubai Ferry is as much a tourist thing to do as it is a public transport system, allowing visitors and residents to view the city from the sea and get a glimpse of some of Dubai’s iconic buildings, such as the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah with the majestic Atlantis Hotel.Ferry timings change continually, so click here for a more thorough check.
Dubai Tram – The long awaited tram was launched in November of 2014, and is a rail system that is part of a modern integrated public transport system that provides efficient and quick access to the densely populated areas of Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina, and the business areas.
Palm Jumeirah Monorail – The Palm Monorail is a privately owned transport system designed to take tourists or residents from one end of the Palm to the other. It connects from the gateway station at the entrance to the Palm to the Atlantis Hotel at the far end.The monorail gives travelers a great view of the Palm and is linked to the Dubai Tram system.
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