Transport and travel United Arab Emirates

Transport and travel United Arab Emirates


Airlines companies

Competition is fierce between Emirates, the Dubai company, Etihad Airways, attached to Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah's low cost airline, Air Arabia.

Emirates and Etihad provide inexpensive service to an incredible number of destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia, making it possible to stopover in United Arab Emirates on the occasion of a correspondence. Everything is done to encourage these stopovers, which are possible at no extra charge.

Air Arabia will appeal to long-haul travelers in search of exoticism. The company primarily serves the Gulf countries and those where immigrant workers from the Emirates come from: India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Afghanistan, Kenya, Greece.


L'dubai international airport is the most important of the emirates. It now has 3 terminals, including 1 terminal exclusively dedicated to Emirates. These terminals are connected by shuttles. Dubai Airport is renowned for its dual aviation and commercial vocation: there are indeed gigantic duty free shopping centers.

A second airport, Al Maktoum International Airport, announced as the largest in the world, opened in 2010 in the port city of Jebel Ali (closer to the seaside area). For the moment, it only accommodates cargo planes, but should gradually open up to commercial flights.

Smaller, theaéAbu Dhabi.

Located less than 20 km from Dubai (an aberration), thesharjah airport mainly receives second-class airline flights outside of Air Arabia.

An aéKhaïmah and Fujairah are of no use to European travelers.


Nothing like that in the United Arab Emirates for the time being, although Cheikh Khalifa signed a decree in July 2009 providing for the creation of a railway company ...

The Palm Jumeirah Monorail, an automated monorail, connects Palm Jumeirah Island to the mainland (see transport in Dubai).


The choice in the matter Abu Dhabi served by Emirates Express, with connections every 40 min. The trip lasts 2 hours. Depart to Dubai from Al Ghubaibah bus station and Abu Dhabi from Hazza bin Zayed terminal. Price: 20 Dhs.

Another option: Al Ghazal, which offers the option of a continuation to Sharjah. Departures from Abu Dhabi every 45 minutes from Defense Road. Price: 20 Dhs.

In addition to urban services, Abu Dhabi Municipality Transport provides a link to Al Ain, with DeDubai with Al Ghazal.

Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain have very cheap city bus lines. Plan to have change, drivers rarely have enough. To encourage public transport, Abu Dhabi has set up a set of air-conditioned stops!

L & rsquomidi. The trip lasts 5h to 5am. Sharjah is also served twice a day (45h journey) and Abu Dhabi once (2am to 7am).

Links to Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Muslims.


Difficult to spend € 60 full).

We drive on the right and the road signs are translated into English.

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

L'third party insurance is also mandatory. Most car rental companies allow the car to pass through Oman on condition that additional insurance is taken out before the rental begins. It is however impossible for Saudi Arabia.

Attention, the lower blood alcohol level while driving may result in arrest for drunk driving, and may be punishable by a minimum fine of 2 Dhs, and the risk of jail is real. So don't get behind the wheel if you've been drinking anything: zero tolerance. The use of mobile phones while driving is also prohibited.

Black point: the highway code and re 60 km / h in the city, 80-120 km / h on the road. They vary quite widely from one emirate to another, some (like Sharjah) being very picky in the matter, others on the contrary totally lax.

In town, jams at times because of the Creek that you have to cross. Try to avoid driving there between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., and between 16 p.m. and 20 p.m.

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