Dubai

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Located on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is a playground for the rich and beautiful, a land that shimmers with exotic deserts, beautiful beaches, and a year-round supply of sunshine. It is also known for its warm hospitality, of which extends to the millions of visitors that descend upon its shores each year.

Known for its opulence, modernist architecture and lively nightlife, Dubai is the epitome of modern living and guilt-free indulgence. It is also a city that constantly shatters records and hogs headlines.

Already home to the largest indoor theme park in the world, it is now constructing a 30.6 million square-feet theme park resort - the largest in the Middle East. On top of that, the city has won the bid to host the EXPO 2020, an international trade fair commissioned by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE).

As it continues racing towards the future, there is simply no stopping Dubai.

Getting Around

Is it any surprise that Dubai has a world-class public transportation system? While many locals primarily rely on private cars and taxis to get around, the metro system is highly efficient and bus routes are good for travelling within the different districts, albeit slightly infrequent and non-comprehensive.

Taxis are the most popular mode of transport, but flagging one off the streets might pose a few problems during peak hours

Dubai International Airport is found in Al Garhoud, approximately 4.6 kilometres away from the city centre. Taxis are the most convenient way of getting into the city, especially if you’re hauling heavy luggage. You can also catch a bus - lines 401 and 402 terminate at Al Sabkha and Al Ghubaiba respectively.

By Metro Train

Inaugurated fairly recently in 2009, Dubai’s metro system is unparalleled within the Middle East. It consists of The Red Line and The Green Line, and covers a total of 49 stations.

The Red Line stretches from Rashidiya (close to Dubai International Airport) to the UAE Exchange, while The Green Line runs from Etisalat Metro Station in Al Qusais to Dubai Healthcare City in Hurair.

Train fare is calculated based on 3 tiers of geographical travel. A day pass (costing Dhs 14) offers unlimited rides on the metro and buses while the Nol Silver card costs Dhs 20 and retains a stored value of Dhs 14. The Nol Silver card is helpful if you’re in Dubai for more than a day, as it shaves 10% off each ride.

By Buses

Despite its overall decent coverage and cheaper fares, Dubai’s buses are a much less popular mode of transport as compared to the metro. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that the routes on some lines are erratic and not incredibly concise. However, the bus does come in handy for transport within central Dubai or between different suburbs.

Nol cards are required to pay for fares, and can be purchased from most bus or metro stations, and on occasion, from the bus driver. There is a flat rate of Dhs 2 for all bus rides, but longer rides to distant suburbs will cost more.

By Taxi

On most days, there is no shortage of taxis in Dubai. You might experience a drought only during peak hours (7-9am and 4-7pm on weekdays, as well as Friday evenings) when the demand is too high. During this period, drivers might insist on a fixed rate instead of running by the meter.

Regularly, all taxis charge the same rate - Dhs 1.75 per kilometre. However, there are a few additional fees to take note of - an airport charge of Dhs 25, while street pickups will add on Dhs 5 during the day and Dhs 5.50 during the night. There is also a minimum fare of Dhs 10 for each trip.

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