How To Get Around in Dubai

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How To Get Around in Dubai
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It can be said that the city of Dubai is one of the most stylish cities in the world. It's got high-rise buildings that look like they were made from mirrors, a whole host of fancy city hotels to stay in and tons and tons of things to see and do here. Getting about the city isn't really a problem here either. The transport systems have been made tourist-friendly; therefore it is super easy to travel within Dubai. Here's a heads up on what sort of travel options are available in the city.

Take a taxi

Most tourists who've travelled in Dubai claim that this is the easiest way to get around and it is quite true with the sheer number of taxis available. In Dubai, the taxi service is mostly controlled by the government. Licensed taxis have pink and red roofs, but remember the pink roofs are driven by women only for women and children. This is one reason that makes the taxi service so convenient.

Also, card payments may not be accepted by many taxis, so keep some cash in hand for travel around the city. If you are wondering from where you can get a taxi, all the iconic attractions of the city will have one. Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and by many a 5 star hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. A taxi may sometimes be hard to come by if you are on the lookout from one during peak hours (3:30 pm to 5:30 pm).

Hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus

What's awesome about this mode of transport is that you get to know more about the city and board the bus from any stop. The stops are at the most famous spots in Dubai like Atlantis The Palm Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. Opt for the upper open deck for a unique experience while your guide gives a wonderful account of the city.

The Metro

Most of the classy cities in the world have complex metro systems to get people from one place to another. But Dubai paints the idea that even metro travel should be simple, thus there are still only two metro lines in the city to accommodate both, locals and tourists. Metro stations are available at the most frequently visited hangout spots in the city – Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina. Stations are also not far from hotels like Ascott Park Place Dubai.

For greater convenience, taxis are always parked outside stations to give you a ride to the final destination. You can purchase a Nol Card and use it for metro purposes or even RTA and parking. One can buy one or more tickets at a time when travelling on the metro.

The Palm Monorail

This line connects Palm Jumeirah Island to the mainland of the city. If you want to get to Atlantis the Palm for a day outing, this is the best way to travel to and from the city.

Travelling on water

Since Dubai city is home to 2 ports, it comes as no surprise that you can also travel by water here. For an authentic experience, one can always take a traditional dhow and sail across the Dubai Creek. The dhow boats make a stop at the ancient cities if Bani Yas Road and Bastakiya for an inexpensive fare.

There are water buses and ferry rides available as well. Tourists find it interesting to hire private boats or yachts and travel in absolute luxury to stay in par with the essence of the city. Private boat companies that rent out water vehicles for a day's fun are also available.

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