Transportation in Dubai

transportation in Dubai
Updated 2021-11-10 14:23

The desert inhabitants of the United Arab Emirates have used camels to get around for over 4,000 years. Before the 1970s, Dubai had very few cars and even fewer roads. The first proper road connecting Dubai to Ras al Khaimah was built in 1971. Today, Dubai has an extensive network of highways and roads while many more are in the pipeline.

Getting around will probably be one of your main concerns when moving to Dubai, whether for work or studies. Since it will take some time until you get a proper driver's license, it's a good idea to learn a bit more about public transport in Dubai.


Taxis are very popular in Dubai and are easily available like in the rest of the country. It's worth noting that the government regulates taxi fares. Most of the taxis in Dubai have a fare meter that calculates the amount you'll have to pay for your trip. You can find taxi stands throughout the city. You also have a few mobile applications like Careem and Uber which help in finding the right car at an affordable price more rapidly. Dubai is the only city in the UAE with a road toll system called "Salik". If you pass a toll gate in a taxi, an additional 4 AED will apply to the final fare.

Buses and tramway

The bus is another popular means of transportation in Dubai. The city has an extensive bus network with 112 routes. There are different types of cards to pay for the trip. Besides buses, you also can use the tram and metro network. The Dubai Tram Service came into operation in November 2014. Today, the track stretches over an area of 10.6 km and serves eleven stations with two lines. From Saturday to Thursday, trams operate from 06:30 am to 01:38 am the next day. On Friday, however, they start at 09:00 am.


The Dubai Metro came into operation in 2009 and has two lines: the red line and the green line covering 70 km and 49 stations. The Dubai Metro has a first-class cabin also called the Gold Class. With a Gold Class pass, you get a comfortable seat and amenities. Since Dubai's metro system is arranged into multiple zones, the cost of a ride can vary significantly. A trip in the Silver class within a specific zone could cost as little as 3 AED. On the other hand, a single ride with a Gold Class ticket allows you to cross all zones for around 19 AED.


In Dubai, you can also travel over the water channels using abras or ferries. Abras are water taxis that operate over Dubai Creek. Trips cost only 1 AED, and the routes are available 24 hours a day.


Some residents use neither of the means of transportation mentioned above. Today, carpooling has almost become a lifestyle in Dubai since it allows you to cut off costs. Like-minded people have created carpooling groups on social media to promote this initiative.

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Dubai Metro

Dubai Buses

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