Dubai is ideally situated midway between the Far East and Europe. An equal distance from London and Beijing, most major destinations in Asia, Africa, Europe and Russia are less than an eight-hour flight away. With an excellent network of roads and highways connecting neighbouring Arab countries, and regular cruises to and from Dubai, the emirate is easily accessible by air, land, and sea. More than 125 airlines fly to Dubai from destinations around the world, and a first-rate network of highways connect Dubai and neighbouring GCC countries. Whether travelling by car or bus, a modern network of first-class roads and highways link the seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates.
BY AIR / BOOK A FLIGHT
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The official airline of Dubai, Emirates is an award-winning airline with an extensive, modern fleet offering daily non-stop flights from 140 destinations to Dubai. Visit emirates.com to learn more and to book a flight.
Looking for low-cost, flexible fares and a great flying experience? Check out flydubai.com. Flydubai flies to and from more than 80 destinations with new ones added all the time.
The official Dubai Airports passenger application offers all the information you need to get around – and get the most out of – both Dubai International (DXB) and Al Maktoum (DWC) airports. get the Dubai Airports app on arrival to help you fly through the airport.
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If you have a valid GCC licence or international driver’s licence, you can drive in Dubai using that licence. If your licence is issued in one of the following countries — Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States — you can get a temporary driving permit with your national licence.
- Canada: A letter from the Canadian Consulate in Dubai to verify that the licence is genuine is required, before transferring your licence.
- Greece, Canada, Turkey, Japan, and South Korea licence holders require a translation of their driving licence from their respective consulates.
- Passport for residents (original & copy)
- Current driving licence (original & copy)
- Translation of driving licence (for some countries)
- Consulate letter (for Canadians)
- 1 passport photo
- Eye test certificate and AED100 for transfer fee
- A copy of your visit visa
- Drivers must be over 18 years old.
- Third-party insurance is compulsory.
- Seat belts are compulsory, and it’s illegal to use handheld mobile phones while driving.
- Dubai enforces a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving.
- Salik is a toll system without toll collectors or gates allowing traffic to move freely. Motorists pay in advance to enter a Salik zone (rental cars are pre-fitted with Salik) and each time a vehicle passes through, the toll is deducted. Check salik.gov.ae for locations.
- Emergency breakdown service: Arabian Automobile Association. For more information, visit www.aaauae.com or call +971 4 266 99 89
visit www.aaauae.com or call +971 4 266 99 89
Coach services between Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria are another convenient and affordable way to travel to Dubai. There are also minibus services to the main cities of the UAE. Approximate driving times to Dubai from Al-Ain: 1 hour 15 minutes; from Abu Dhabi: 1 hour 30 minutes; from Muscat: 5 hours.
CRUISE TO DUBAI
Dubai is a fantastic port for getting to know the region. Travel to Dubai on one of the many world-class cruise ships that berth at our new, ultra-modern cruise terminal at Port Rashid. Hundreds of ships arrive annually from destinations around the world. Just some of the major cities with cruise line services to Dubai are Singapore, Sydney, Athens, Dover, Venice, Cape Town, Civitavecchia, Piraeus, Alexandria, Istanbul, New York, Southampton, Barcelona, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Monte Carlo, and Mombasa. Cruise lines offering regular services include AIDA, Royal Caribbean International, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, MSC Cruises, TUI Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Seabourn, and Princess Cruises. With a minimum of bureaucracy, easy immigration, clearing of passengers by manifests and professional ground handling with excellent tourist support infrastructure, your entry to Dubai is friendly and convenient. Whether you’re arriving in Dubai or departing from it, you can travel on one of these cruise ships for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For schedules and more information, go to Dubai Cruise Terminal.
RENTAL CARS IN DUBAI
If you’d like to explore the city on your own, renting a car gives you flexibility and control of your journey. To hire a car, all you need is an international driver’s licence, passport and credit card. It’s also worth noting that third-party insurance is compulsory. Before you get behind the wheel, here are a few more tips to get you where you need to go: RENTAL CARS
- Most roads are two- or four-lane, with main roads having four to six lanes in each direction.
- Drive on the right side of the road.
- Speed limits are strictly enforced through the use of radar.
Metered taxis are a safe and comfortable way to get to your destination. The drivers are trained to be courteous, knowledgeable and speak English.
Private cars with a driver or chauffeur are also available to pick you up at the airport, get you to business meetings or to drive around town. You’ll find a variety of companies to choose from, and it’s very easy to book in advance or make a reservation
When it comes to the most convenience possible, our bus routes are hard to beat. Did you know that over 75 bus routes operate within Dubai city and 15 routes run from Dubai to the other emirates? Our double-decker and public buses are air-conditioned, comfortable and will get you where you need to go at minimal cost. Our bus shelters are modern and air-conditioned for added comfort. And most convenient of all, the NOL smart card allows you to pay your fares with a single card. For more information on bus routes, to purchase NOL cards, to download maps or to get updates on service changes, please visit RTA Buses.
If you’re looking to explore our lively city, be sure to take advantage of our hop-on-hop-off buses for a wonderful sightseeing tour of Dubai. For an added treat, experience one of our amphibious buses that start on land and take you through routes on Dubai Creek.
An abra is a wooden boat that links Deira and Bur Dubai across the Dubai Creek. Originally, abras were manned by boatmen using oars — today they are motorised.
The waterbus plies Dubai Creek as well as Dubai Marina, providing a modern water transit service.
Water taxis have more privacy than other forms of waterborne transport and often have amenities such as premium seating. There are water taxi stations along the coast, from Al Mamzar to the Atlantis Resort on the Palm Jumeirah.
Dubai Ferry travels between Al Ghubaiba and the Marina Station, and all the boats boast the latest in navigation systems. In addition to creating an important link to our transport system, they give passengers and tourists a great view of the Dubai coast and skyline.
METRO AND TRAM IN DUBAI
Our metro is a world-class, fully automated, driverless Railway System. The Dubai Metro is split into two branches: The Red Line and the Green Line. Most of the Metro is above ground, offering great views, but in congested parts of the city, the lines run underground. Visit the RTA site to plan your journey or purchase tickets.
Dubai Tram runs from Dubai Marina to Al Sufouh in 42 minutes. Stations along the line include Jumeirah Beach Residence 1, Jumeirah Beach Residence 2, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Marina Towers, Mina Seyahi, Media City, Palm Jumeirah, Knowledge Village and Al Sufouh. Two stations — Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers —link to the Dubai Metro, allowing for a smooth interchange for passengers between the two systems.
CYCLING AROUND IN DUBAI
Cycling around our beautiful city is becoming increasingly popular. Dubai is working to become a ‘cycling city’. Part of the Dubai Bicycle Master Plan is to provide 850km of strategic bikeways in central business districts and residential neighbourhoods. You can rent a bike to experience it for yourself, but be sure to make safety a priority. For more information on RTA’s new projects, please visit www.rta.ae.