Transport & Getting Around in UAE

The most popular modes of transportation in the UAE that one should be aware of while travelling are :

PUBLIC TAXIS

The most convenient mode of transportation available all over the United Arab Emirates is Taxis. They come with comparatively cheaper rates, are perfectly maintained, and regulated by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) . All taxis have authorised meters so that you don’t face any ambiguity in fares. There are taxi stands available throughout the cities in UAE, and can also stop a taxi on the street wherever is needed or can also be booked in advance. There are special taxis for women and children, families and for people of determination. You will find several companies catering to taxi service in the UAE, with well-mannered drivers.

  • To book a taxi in Abu Dhabi, call TransAD on 600535353 or book via the Abu Dhabi Taxi app available for both iOS and Android platforms.
  • To book a taxi in Dubai, call RTA on 04-2080808 or via RTA Smart Apps
  • To book a taxi in Sharjah, call on 600525252
  • To book a taxi in Ajman, call on 600599997
  • To book a taxi in Ras Al Khaimah, call on 8001700

PUBLIC BUSES

Air-conditioned buses connect most areas within each emirate and inter-emirates. The essential thing is, buses are much affordable. You can purchase the ticket by paying directly at the Bus Terminal, or by using Special Prepaid cards. Buses that operate as per schedule and reach almost everywhere, make your journey hassle-free.

SPECIAL PAYMENT CARDS (for specified uses* in issuing emirate only)

  • Hafilat smart card in Abu Dhabi: This card is used for the bus network. Again, there are several types of cards you can choose from, but there are three options that are used the most: a temporary card, an anonymous card, and a personalized card. You can get the card at various ticket sales offices, ticket vending machines, swift reloader machines, and the intercity driver consoles for the intercity buses.
  • Nol card in Dubai: There are four different types of this card: red for tourists and visitors, silver for frequent travelers, gold to get access to the gold class in trams and metro trains, and lastly blue for frequent travelers who want their credit secured. Purchasing this card is easy: decide which type of card fits you the best and meets your needs and purchase it at a ticket office, vending machine, a RTA Customer Service Center, from a sales agent, or online.
  • Sayer card in Sharjah: You can use it to pay for your bus trip fare by simply inserting the card into the card reader. The card is available at selected bus terminals and by asking the bus driver.

DUBAI METRO & DUBAI TRAM

The Dubai metro is the world’s longest driver-less and fully automated metro rail network with a length of 74.6 km. It runs along red and green lines. It stops at 49 stations of which 9 are underground. Every station has bus connections, taxi stops, bicycle stands, in addition to electric escalators and lifts. All stations and trains are provided with air-conditioning and Wi-Fi connectivity. One compartment is reserved for women and children and one for Gold class ticket holders.

Dubai tram is considered as the first type of tram service outside Europe that works on underground power supply. Dubai tram network covers a distance of 10.6 km with 11 stations. Trams are provided with air-conditioning and Wi-Fi connectivity. Each tram consists of seven cabins distributed amongst gold and silver class. One silver class cabin compartment is reserved for women and children. You can switch between the tram and metro at DAMAC Metro Station and Jumeirah Lakes Towers Metro Station. These stations are both on the red metro line.

Something that can help you plan your journey in Dubai is RTA Wojhati. This doesn’t only work for the metro and tram, but also for the buses. You can also install the app on your smartphone.

MARINE TRANSPORT: ABRAS & FERRIES

Dubai Abra

Motorized Traditional Abra: Discover the charm of old Dubai in this traditional half-boat, half-raft. This is the most popular mode of transport for cruising around the Dubai Creek, a spectacular 14-kilometer stretch that divides Deira and Bur Dubai. Hop on for a glimpse of the soulful side of the city. The Dubai abras are small motorized water taxis that take you over the Dubai Creek. There are two routes: route one goes from Deira Old Souk Abra Station to Bur Dubai Abra Station and route two goes from Sabkha Abra Station back to the starting station. A trip takes about five to seven minutes and costs 1 AED. Route one operates from 05:00 to midnight; route two is available 24 hours a day.

Air-conditioned Abra: Combining the style of a traditional Abra and the latest technologies, this abra ride makes for a comfortable cruise in a fully air-conditioned environment. Sit back and travel along to the Creek Metro Station, after a visit to your favourite stores, restaurants and cafes in Dubai Festival City.

Petrol Abra: The best of both worlds come together in this modern yet traditional Abra. Equipped with the latest technology, enjoy a safe cruise without missing the traditional experience. The petrol Abra also provides abundant seating capacity of up to 20 passengers. 1) Creek Route > Discover the traditional Fahidi Area, historical district Souqs and stunning mosques. Go on to explore the Dubai Museum and visit Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s house along the Dubai Creek, which divides Deira and Bur Dubai. Hop on for a glimpse of the soulful side of the city. 2) Dubai Water Canal Route: Experience a combination of contrasts as you pass Dubai’s modern skyline and the waterfall in a stylish Petrol Heritage Abra. And relax as you get to your destination, refreshed and ready to either walk or cycle through the newest area in Dubai. The trip takes 45 minutes.

Electrical Traditional Abra: The environment-friendly Abra with a seating capacity of 8 passengers has become a tourists’ favourite for cruising along the city’s popular attractions.

Other Marine Transport Systems in Dubai

Dubai Ferry: Boarding a Dubai Ferry is one of the best ways to view the city’s historic sites and striking coastline. Capture the grace of the city and explore 5 major routes, in a comfortable and fully air-conditioned environment.

Dubai Water Taxi: If you want to escape the city’s traffic in style, taking the Dubai Water Taxi is the ideal choice. Travel to any of the 43 stations located all around the city while you enjoy the sweeping skyline views and get up-close to landmarks.

Dubai Marina – Air-conditioned Abra: A stylish and comfortable cruise awaits you onboard the Dubai Marina Air-conditioned Abra. Hop on and hop off between 4 scenic stops in the Dubai Marina – Marina Terrace, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina Mall and Marina Promenade. It’s the perfect way to cover the scenic and charming Dubai Marina area.

Abu Dhabi Ferry Service

The Abu Dhabi ferry service doesn’t only offer services to pedestrians, but also to cars. There’s only one route, from Marsa Jabel Al Dhanna to Delma Island. The ferry service operates three times a day, except on Fridays — then it’s only twice. Passengers twelve years of age or older pay 20 AED; children under twelve don’t have to pay anything. When taking your car on the ferry, you should make sure to bring a valid ID, the vehicle registration card, and a fee of 100 AED.

SELF DRIVE CAR – SMART RENTING

Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai offers the smart car rental service through the ekar or Udrive apps which allow you to rent a car parked in RTA parking lots for not more than six hours.

POPULAR CAR RIDE-HAILING SERVICES

Careem: Select from a wide range of options and get a ride in minutes or schedule one for later. Book a ride that suits you with Careem in UAE.

Uber UAE: Compare ways to get around, planning a trip is easy with Uber Dubai or Uber Abu Dhabi.

Last Updated: 1st December 2019