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    our friend
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    free dinner, were such free loaders...
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    public pay parking
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  • Hire driver and car from hotel

    by jayne43 Written Oct 14, 2013

    We recently stayed in The Old Palace Hotel, Dubai. Through their concierge we hired a driver and car to give us a 3hour tour of the sites of Dubai.
    Our driver was Mukhdar and he was extremely knowledgeable and happy to take us exactly where we wanted to go. Even waited for us whilst we had a coffee.
    Highly recommend his services.

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    Hummer SUV's for Desert Safari

    by machomikemd Written Jul 25, 2013
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    this will be my transportation tips of the dubai desert safari via the H2 Hummer SUV

    if you book a Dubai half-day, whole day, or night safari among the tons of tour companies that offer this must thing to do in Dubai. you will be fetched and drop off your hotel either via a 4x4 toyota land cruiser or a H2 Hummer vehicle (it depends on the option you choose as a land cruiser safari costs 110 AED while a Hummer Desert Safari Tour costs 190 AED). this toyota land cruiser or hummer will be both your transit shuttle and main ride to the sand dunes and the land cruiser seats 7 people (including the driver) and a H2 Hummer seats 8 people. they usually assigned drivers to fetch guests located in clusters of hotels nearby to each other

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    Toyota Landcruiser/ Hummer SUV's for Desert Safari

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 25, 2013
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    this will be my transportation tips of the dubai desert safari via the Toyots Land Cruiser

    if you book a Dubai half-day, whole day, or night safari among the tons of tour companies that offer this must thing to do in Dubai. you will be fetched and drop off your hotel either via a 4x4 toyota land cruiser or a H2 Hummer vehicle (it depends on the option you choose as a land cruiser safari costs 110 AED while a Hummer Desert Safari Tour costs 190 AED). this toyota land cruiser or hummer will be both your transit shuttle and main ride to the sand dunes and the land cruiser seats 7 people (including the driver) and a H2 Hummer seats 8 people. they usually assigned drivers to fetch guests located in clusters of hotels nearby to each other.

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    Public Parking In Dubai

    by machomikemd Written Jul 17, 2013
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    Like in any major cities in the world, dubai has both public parking and private parking areas and although some areas offer free parking to guests like in supermarkets, convenience stores and strip malls. parking is mostly paid.

    Pay and park rates starts during 8:00 - 13:00 & 16:00 - 21:00 hrs.

    Better to have many AED coins so you can put many in the parking meter since it is better to pay more than have an expired parking meter as the fine is high.

    Public Parking areas have automated parking meters and the current rate is:

    Aed. 2 per hour within Central Business District area (charges will be displayed in parking meters)

    Aed. 1 per hour outside C.B.D. area.

    Penalty for non payment of parking ticket is Aed. 200 and additional Aed.50 for administration charges

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    Private Car (with your Dubai Based Friend) 2

    by machomikemd Written Jul 17, 2013
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    Part two of my Private Car tips with your friend, this time with another close friend of ours hehehe!

    This Tip is even cheaper than back packing or taking the RTA Bus!

    It pays to be a friendly person and it pays some more if you have close friends living in dubai!

    as you can call them months in advance so that they can know you are arriving in Dubai and staying for a few days and they can file a vacation leave for a day or two to help you go around dubai for free and even treat you for lunch or dinner and even the traditonal male bonding via a boisterous night at the bars in dubai!

    These will be the cheapest option for a tourist with friends in dubai! but be sure that your friends have their own vehicles and they will offer a personalized tour of the nooks and crannies in dubai for free. You only Must Return The Favor if they visit you in your locality!

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    Private Car (with your Dubai Based Friend) 1

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 17, 2013
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    This Tip is even cheaper than back packing or taking the RTA Bus!

    It pays to be a friendly person and it pays some more if you have close friends living in dubai!

    as you can call them months in advance so that they can know you are arriving in Dubai and staying for a few days and they can file a vacation leave for a day or two to help you go around dubai for free and even treat you for lunch or dinner and even the traditonal male bonding via a boisterous night at the bars in dubai!

    These will be the cheapest option for a tourist with friends in dubai! but be sure that your friends have their own vehicles and they will offer a personalized tour of the nooks and crannies in dubai for free. You only Must Return The Favor if they visit you in your locality!

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    Mini Tour Van Shuttles to/from hotels

    by machomikemd Written Jul 16, 2013
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    if you book a half day or whole day tour in dubai like the city tour, shopping tour, desert safari, Burj Al Arab High tea or Dinner Tour or more, you will be picked up from your hotels via a mini van shuttle and then drops you off the designated starting point for the tours that usually has big buses as the main transport (unless you are booking a private tour, in which an SUV will be used). These mini tour van shuttles fetched customers within a nearby vicinity to an assigned area until they are full and the price of the pick up and drop off to your hotel is included in the tour package that you've paid.

    mini tour van shuttles can be toyota land cruisers, mercedes mb 100's, Kia Starex Vans and more.

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    Private Tour Vans and Cars

    by machomikemd Written Jul 16, 2013
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    going around Dubai in a RTA Public Bus and Metro Line is the cheapest thing to do but is not the best way if you don't want to waste too much time travelling to and from destinations as the trade off for cheap transport is long waiting time to go to far in between destinations and going to other emirates like Abu Dhabi or Sharjah can be time consuming. one of the best thing if you want to maximize your time is hire a private car or passenger van service so that you can go to the places you want like going to ferrari world in abu dhabi or the corniche or even to other spots like Al Ain or Sharjah or just go around the famous areas in dubai. these private van tours are not cheap as a 10 hour service will cost 900 AED with 60 AED extra per 1 hour in excess but you can control your time and the best deal here is that the rate is fixed up to 4 persons in the vehicle and if you are 4in a group, it will be way cheaper.

    but the cheapest way to go around dubai is if you have friends working in dubai and these friends will give a day off from work and driving you around. that is the cheapest way!

    website of a private tour van below.

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    Airport Private Van

    by machomikemd Written Jul 16, 2013

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    everyone knows that I hardly use public transport or taxis to and from any airport that is in my destination and here in dubai is no different as me and my friend pre arranged an airport pick up and drop off service as we were arriving at Dubai at 11:50 pm close to midnight local time. there are many tour and travel companies that offer airport pickup and drop off services to tourists and one of them is on the website below:

    www.city-discovery.com/Transfers

    these airport drop off and pick up services can use a regular big car, a big SUV like a chevy suburban or ford expedition or a regular passenger van and even a limouse if you wish. prices start at 400 AED for 2 persons for a round trip airport to hotel transfer if you are within a 30 minute drive from the Dubai International Airport.

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  • DISCOUNT RENT A CAR DUBAI

    by damo2011 Written Jul 26, 2011

    Firstly Dubai is a great place in which i have lived in for three years. However, during the end of my stay i hired a car from DISCOUNT RENT A CAR and can honestly say it was the worst service i have ever experienced anywhere in the world. The cars were shocking, old, high milage, unreliable with bald tyres. Within a four week period i had to return the hire car five times. Each time i received a new car which was just as bad as the previous. To make matters worse, i have now been waiting for four months for discount rent a car to return my deposit. They are ignoring my emails and making false promises over the phone. I wonder if this is a usual trick they play!?

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    Clockwork Orange: Pay for your parking.

    by JessH Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dubai is expensive, and nothing comes for free (apart from drinks on Ladies Night!) so it's understandable that more & more parts of the city are subject to paid parking.

    You are charged per hour, and prices vary from area to area. In general though, you have to feed the machine either Dhs 1.- or 2.- (Dirhams) for one hour and Dhs 5.- for two hours.

    There are still a lot of free "plots" of sand throughout the city & many people use these future construction sites for free parking, but now the police is also cracking down on this practice and slapping hefty fines of up to Dhs 500.- on offenders.

    Paid Parking Hours are:
    Saturdays to Thursdays, from 08:00AM - 01:00pm & 04:00pm - 09:00pm.
    Parking is free in those 3 hours in the afternoon,
    as well as on Fridays (local weekend) & public holidays.
    1 USD = 3.67 AED (United Arab Emirates Dirhams)

    Road, Roads everywhere, but not a space to park... Dubai's traffic & parking problems are reaching breaking point, and the city is now considering some drastic changes: The study would look at the prospect of reducing the maximum parking time from 2 hours to 1 hour at some of the busiest shopping areas such as the Gold Souk, Deira Fish Market, Karama & Baniyas Square in order to help avoid double-parking in these areas and offer available parking space to the maximum number of people.
    A lot of the shopping malls & hotels used to offer free underground parking to visitors but are now also introducing paid parking metres, much to the disgruntlement of residents.

    So if you rent a car and travel around town, watch out for the big ORANGE SIGNS & orange machines that indicate paid parking lots.

    --> UPDATE 2008: TIP: Most hotels & even shopping malls now offer free valet parking. Just have your ticket stamped at one of the restaurants or shops, and take advantage of this convenient service (this is great especially in summertime!)

    --> UPDATE Aug. 2009: Some malls will soon start charging visitors for their parking in order to try and deter park-and-ride Metro users who may use the malls' parking facilities as Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Centre Metro Stations are close by.

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    Getting around the crazy Dubai traffic...

    by JessH Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Traffic in Dubai has increased to nearly unbearable levels... and the faulty street planning & crazy drivers only add to the problem, on top of bottlenecks due to major construction. The UAE has the highest road death rate per capita in the world, with an average of 1 accident every 4 minutes & 1 death every day.

    There are 3 ways of getting around:
    1. Taxis.
    2. Bus.
    3. Rent-a-car.

    I recomment options 1 or 3:
    The bus system in Dubai is (because of heavy traffic) very irregular and is used by (without wanting to offend anyone) mainly 'low-income workers'. Men taking the bus are alright (if you can fight for a seat!) but women may feel uncomfortable being mentally undressed by 50 pairs of eyes...!

    If you feel confident enough (or feel brave enough!) to drive yourself in Dubai, the Bur Dubai-side is well laid-out with plenty of road signs, Deira-side is a bit more confusing.

    Either way, taxis are relatively cheap. There are many different taxi-companies, but they all have a taxi-sign on the roof, and are mostly cream or white in colour.

    TOURIST TIP: Try to MEMORISE the general area & direction of your hotel, as some taxi drivers will try and take you 'the long way around' as soon as they realise you are a tourist...

    Also, try to organise the timing for your plans according to traffic & rush hours - e.g. I wouldn't advise trying to go from Deira side to Jebel Ali Beach at 9am, when rush-hour from Sharjah hits Dubai. Equally bad would be trying to get to Deira City Centre (or even the airport) across Garhoud Bridge around 6pm. It will take you hours!

    DUBAI IS NOT A PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY CITY. Many roads do not have sidewalks & there aren't sufficient road crossings.
    Also: DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES try to cycle around Dubai... you can cycle within the city's parks, but there are no cycle paths around the city & trying to cycle on the main roads is suicide!
    Sand storms & flooding in winter can also cause chaos (see photos!)

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    Private Car around the city

    by MyDesire Updated Nov 13, 2010

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    Though i was going around Dubai by a private car,it was very easier to go around and visit many places within the metropolis and neighbouring cities like Deira city.no traffic nor waste of time in roundabouts.

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    Car Rentals

    by LuluGirl Updated Jun 1, 2010

    Rental cars are currently being outshined by the efficient taxi service and now the metro of Dubai. But for anyone planning to go this route, as of May 2010, the traffic in Dubai is not as bad as it used to be depicted here in VT back in '08.

    My husband and I rented cars for our two consecutive weekends in Dubai and we're glad that we did, we were able to explore much of the city and get around comfortably lugging our tripods and my big bags around the city. I especially recommend this if you are travelling with kids, since this will be less stress for everybody.

    A car rental rate for the chepest economy car (A toyota yaris) is about 177 AED at the airport, but you have to pay airport fees (25 AED) each time you decide to pick up or drop off the car from there. It would be much better to have car rentals arranged by your hotel, it can go as cheap as 130 AED. Just make sure you return it with as much petrol as you've taken it (petrol by the way is cheap too), or else the rental company will dictate the price.

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    Experincing 7 lane road

    by airasia Updated Mar 11, 2009
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    If you have an international license and a little guts, take on the road via a rented car. Thats if you are planning to stay like a month or so. A month car rental cost about AED 1900. I find it cheaper than taking the cap (comparing a month cost). Furthermore, fuel is quite cheap too.

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