Dubai is a large hub of activity. People move from one point to another but not everyone has access to private vehicles. Most of them, especially tourists, use public transportation in Dubai. Navigating the city is easier when you don’t have to think about traffic rules and drive the vehicle yourself. That is why you need to be familiar with Dubai’s public transport system, which can reach every area of the metropolitan area. Dubai’s primary modes of transport are buses, water taxis (abras), cabs, and the Dubai Metro. The following are some of the things you need to know about Dubai’s public transportation:
- Taxis or cabs. Dubai’s cabs, compared to cabs of other cities, are well-maintained, cheap, and highly regulated by Dubai’s RTA (Road and Transport Authority). You don’t need to be uncertain of how much you pay because all of them are metered. You can choose from a variety of cab companies in Dubai. Most of Dubai’s taxi drivers speak English well and are very courteous. The Smart Taxi App was just introduced by the RTA. It allows anyone to book the most accessible taxi from the convenience of a smart phone. The access to a cab depends on the client’s location. Even if you don’t know where you are, your cab would be able to find you. Both iOS and Android devices can have the app.
- Abras. Abras are water-bound, wooden boats that are a good combination of the old and the new. These water taxis transport people across the ten-meter creek. You can ride the abras if you want to avoid the heavy traffic on land. These are among the cheapest modes of Dubai’s transportation system. They can bring you quickly from one side of the creek to the other in just five to ten minutes. Taking the land route can take about an hour. Abras can be motorized or steered manually.
- The Dubai Metro. This is Dubai’s one-of-a-kind, fully automated, and driverless rail system. It is efficient, clean, and fast. The Dubai Metro can connect you to the Dubai Airport and to the other main attractions of the city, such as the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. The RTA is already planning to add three more lines to the fully operational green and red lines. Remember that there is no drinking and eating allowed when you’re riding the Dubai Metro. If you disobey this rule, you will be heavily fined.
- Buses. The bus network in Dubai is extensive. You can reach your destination from the Dubai Metro on these massive vehicles. Don’t worry about the rates. Dubai’s buses accept Nol cards and are very affordable. They can take you to the areas that the Dubai Metro cannot access. To plan your trip, it is always better to check the bus schedules.
- The Dubai Ferry. If you want a tourist-y water ride, this is the way to go. The Dubai Ferry allows residents and visitors to view Dubai’s beauty from the sea. From it, you can see the Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab. Once the ferry has boarded a minimum of ten people, it will run. So, you stay comfortable in your seat during the ride.
Dubai has a lot to offer, even when it comes to modes of travel. Pick any means of transport and surely, you will be able to take in Dubai the best possible way.