Dubai transport and travel

Dubai transport and travel


We drive on the right.

The road network is excellent, making the car an excellent locomotive in the emirate. You can't do anything without a car, unless you take a taxi ...

Moreover, jams the hours of arrival and leaving the office are a nuisance, because of the Creek that must be crossed. Try to avoid driving between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and between 16 p.m. and 19 p.m.


Le international driving license, which includes a component translated into Arabic, is theoretically compulsory in addition to the national license. It is obtained free of charge from the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your department. It is valid for 3 years.

L'third party insurance is also mandatory.

L'gasoline is almost twice cheaper than in France.

Caution : driving can be dangerous, especially on the highway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, due to non-compliance with speed limits. Dubai is also one of the emirates where there are the most road accidents.

Be careful again: the lower blood alcohol level driving may result in arrest for drunk driving, and may be punishable by a minimum fine of 2 Dhs. The use of mobile phones while driving is also strictly prohibited.


For those who do not have a car, a taxi is the best solution. Taxis equipped with a meter provide a 24-hour service.
Count 80 to 100 Dh to cross the city, and nearly 50 Dh for a ride from the Mall of Emirates of the Dubai Mall.
We order them by phone. You have to negotiate the price of the race before the start.


There are also bus lines that run from 6 am to midnight. The price of the race defies all competition: from 2 to 6 Dhs. For lines and timetables, check with the tourist office.


Dubai airports

- The Dubai International Airport, located a few kilometers from the city center, is one of the most modern in the world. A hub for air traffic in the region, a true hub capable of orchestrating a record number of flights, the airport has several terminals and a huge duty free.

- Dubai opened a second airport in 2010: Maktoum International Airport, not far from the port of Jebel Ali. This airport, initially used for freight, should gradually open up to passenger traffic. It is expected to become one of the largest airports in the world, on par with O'Hare in Chicago and Heathrow in London.

- There is also an internal service by seaplane between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Airlines companies

Emirates, the Emirati company based in Dubai, has a dedicated terminal at Dubai International Airport (Emirates Terminal 3). The company operates around ten weekly flights from Paris.

Air France operates around XNUMX weekly flights from Paris in summer.

KLM, in codeshare with Air France, operates 13 weekly flights from Paris.

Water taxi and boat

Delivery charges water taxis (abras) circulate on the Creek. They allow you to cross the river and quickly connect the 2 banks.

Delivery charges water buses Larger capacity air-conditioned units operate every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to 23 p.m. These are glazed catamarans that can accommodate around thirty passengers.

5 water bus lines have been set up:

  • Al Sabkha-Bur Dubai;
  • Bani Yas-Old Dubai Souk;
  • Al Sabkha-Al Seef;
  • Bani Yas-Al Seef;
  • Al Seef Station-Shandaga Station, near Heritage Village. This line allows you to discover the heart of the city of Dubai around the Creek.

The crossing lasts almost 45 minutes. Every day from 9 a.m. to midnight.

The Metro

To unclog the road network and reduce the level of pollution, Dubai has built an automated metro.

- The 1st line, the Red Line, connects Jebel Ali to Rashidiya.
- The 2st line, the Green Line connects Creek to Etisalat via Union. 2 connections with the Red Line.

Other lines are under construction.

The basic ticket costs 2 Dhs. The Christmas Card (or Nol Ticket) is a rechargeable card allowing you to use the metro, but also other means of transport.

The Palm Jumeirah Monorail

This automated monorail connects Palm Jumeirah Island to the mainland. The line has been partially opened with the 2 terminus stations. A connection with the red metro line is planned in the long term. The basic ticket costs 15 Dhs one way, 25 Dhs round trip.

The tram

He links. the Dubai marina in Al Sufouh in 42 minites, serving around ten stations. 2 stations, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers, are connected to the Dubai Metro.

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