Although regarded as one of the most famous cities in the World, Dubai does not boast a renowned public transport system unlike some of the other modern cities around the world. Nevertheless, it offers a number of means for navigation even to those individuals who do not own their personal means of conveyance, thanks to taxis, boats, mini vans and buses providing access to seemingly every corner of the Dubai metropolis. Most people choose the internationally-acclaimed Dubai International Airport as their preferred gateway to the Emirates region.
While majority of the local residents still favor travelling by car as their primary means of transportation, visitors have a reasonable array of public transportation options to choose from. If you are planning on exploring the city at your own comfortable pace, then you can make use of the endless fleet of water taxis and city cabs as well as a commendable public bus system brought to you by the network of public transportation in Dubai. The city also features a Metro network. Let us now take a look at them in further detail.
The first of the two lines belonging to the Dubai Metro network were revealed to the general public only in the year 2009 with the system continuing to undergo an expansion. The Red Line runs between Rashidiya and Jebel Ali (west-south alignment) and serves twenty-nine stations along the way with stops at places such as the Airport and Downtown Dubai. The Green Line, running between the neighbourhood of Al Jadaf and Al Qusais also makes a stop at the Downtown Dubai region. Work is being carried out on the development of two more lines to the network. There are zones demarcating the routes with fares- starting from 1.80 AED to 5.80 AED- being charged as per the travelled distance.
City bus service in Dubai
For the visitors who wish to make the most of the bus service in Dubai, they should consider heading over to the Central Bus Station. Here, they will be able to find bus passes, maps and timetables to guide them on their journey. Good news for the non-Arabic speakers is that both the bus numbers and route maps are written down in English as well as Arabic so they should not have any issues in either reading or understanding them.
Taxi service in Dubai
Another great option that visitors to Dubai can make best use of for getting around the city is the large number of taxis plying their trade out on the city streets. You can get hold of either a metered on non-metered taxi from practically every street corner to take you to any destination of your choice around this bustling metropolis. Taxis are easily spotted on the streets by their red roofs and tanned bodies with the pink-topped vehicles being reserved exclusively for the use of female passengers.
Abra or water-taxi in Dubai
Water taxis, locally referred to as abras, are both a convenient and traditional means of getting across the Dubai Creek in order to take in some of the original city. There are only four such stations in the city on either side of the Creek in Bur Dubai and Deira. The boats operate from the early hours of morning late into the night and a trip costs only a dirham. There are also some boats that travel up and down Dubai Creek and charge the passengers a rate of AED 25 for every individual.
Al Sufouh Tramway
Dubai tram is likely to be operational in September 2014, it will have 19 stations and would run between Al Sufouh and the Mall of Emirates.
For those who wish to travel frequently on public transportation systems in the city, they can opt for the purchase of a NOL Card which is valid on every means of transportation.