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Basic information

  • Area: 4,114 km² (1,588.4 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +971
  • Currency: UAE dirham (AED)
  • Population (EST): 1,204,000
  • Language: Arabic
  • Time Zone: UAE (UTC+4)

Dubai – Getting Around


Dubai is served by Dubai International Airport which is located around 4 km east of the main commercial centre. Taxi’s can be hailed 24 hours a day from the ground floor of the main terminal, but be sure to use only official vehicles. A number of public buses also run from each terminal taking passengers to destinations around the city.
Smartwings fly from Terminal 1 at Dubai Air Port.


Dubai has established a fairly extensive bus system with services running frequently throughout the day. Expect to pay fares of around Dhs 2-3.50 for a single ride. Long distance buses travel from various bus stations around town to a number of destinations including Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Fujairah.


Dubai has recently opened a metro system that stretches for some 75 km around the city. Trains run every few minutes from 6am-11pm and reasonably priced, this is often the best choice for getting from A to B. Fares are between Dhs 2-8.50 depending on the destination.


There are many official taxis that operate throughout Dubai, which can be hailed on the street or pre-booked by telephone or via a hotel. Vehicles are usually licensed and fitted with meters, and rates tend to be standard regardless of the taxi firm. Roads can be congested during peak hours and vehicles limited so plan ahead.

Rental Car

Although public transport in Dubai is good, it can often be more convenient to hire your own vehicle and enjoy the freedom of exploring the emirate at your own pace. A number of well known car hire companies have booths inside of the airport terminal and downtown city centre. Rates are reasonable; and cheaper ones can usually be negotiated for longer term rental.