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    Parking Rates in Malls

    by machomikemd Written Jul 17, 2013

    Most big malls in dubai had offered free parking for customers but unfortunately, it was taken advantaged by smart people like the office workers and they would leave their cars at the malls as it was free parking and hence in 2009, Malls in Dubai started charging parking rates to discourage this practice.

    Parking Rates for 0-4 hours at most Dubai Malls are still free during weekdays and free on weekends (Friday and Saturday) for mall visitors. You will need to obtain a ticket upon entering the parking lot and validating it the ticket machine before leaving even if your duration is less than four hours (or you’re just doing a pick up/drop off.)

    The parking charges (on weekdays) are 20 AED for each hour after the first four hours.

    Some Malls like the burjuman mall will give free parking even if you are parked for more than 4 hours if you show a reciept or reciepts of items you purchased in the malls tenats amounting to at least 100 AED.

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    Dubai Metro

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 17, 2013

    The Dubai Metro also doubles as a pedestrian walkway overpass, with sections alloted for pedestrians too. The Dubai Metro is the longest unmanned, fully automated train system in the world. At Present, they only have 2 lines, the green line and the red line. The Dubai Metro also has a line connecting the Dubai International Airport to Dubai Proper.

    The Dubai Metro Stations have both booths for accepting payments and automated tellers which issues red NOL Tickets to patrons or just deducts the value of the Silver, Red, Gold and Blue NOL cards for the length of the trip.

    The average waiting time for the next train during rush hours is 7 to 10 minutes and 4 to 5 minutes during off peak hours.

    the full speed of the train is 90 kilometers per hour.

    the Dubai Metro is divided into 5 zones and 4 tiers and cost of a single journey depends on the number of zones you crossed, with the cheapest at 2 AED and the most expensive at 6.50 AED per single trip.

    Metro Station working hours

    Sunday - Wednesday 5:50am to 00:00

    Thursday 5:50am to 01:00am

    Friday 1:00pm to 01:00am

    Saturday 5:50am to 00:00

    according to wikipedia:

    Dubai Metro is composed of at-grade (G) elevated Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 (T1, T2 and T3, respectively) underground stations (U) and underground transfer station types (UT). Type 1 is the regular at-grade concourse station, Type 2 is a regular elevated concourse station, and Type 3 is an elevated special track station with an extra track to hold a non operational train. Underground transfer stations will be accommodating both the Red and Green lines for easy transfers.

    The Dubai Transport is divided into up to 4 tiers(5 zones). As of the 2013 cheapest ticket(not preloaded, and not in the "gold" class) with distance not more than 3 km cost 2.00 AED(about 0.54$) - equivalent of Tier 0, and most costly single trip(Tier 3, exceed 2 zones, and paper not preloaded ticket also) 6.50 AED(about 1.77$) and wasn't increased from opening. This places Dubai Metro among the cheapest metro fares in the world. Tier 1 is one zone trip, where the travel exceeds 3 km, Tier 2 is neighboring 2 zones travel. Also(excluding Gold class) using cards there is "no more paying" - a free rest of day travel if cost extend 14 AED(about 3.81$).

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    How To Ride The Dubai Metro

    by machomikemd Written Jul 17, 2013

    This will be my how to ride the Dubai Metro Tips:

    Currently, there are only 2 lines, the red line and the green line.

    The Dubai Metro Stations have both booths for accepting payments and automated tellers which issues red NOL Ticket to patrons or just deducts the value of the Silver, Gold and Blue NOL cards for the length of the trip (if you bought the NOL Cards, you just insert your NOL card into the automated teller and press on what metro station you will exit and the machine automatically deducts the amount in your NOL card)

    The average waiting time for the next train during rush hours is 7 to 10 minutes and 4 to 5 minutes during off peak hours.

    the full speed of the train is 90 kilometers per hour. way slower that the speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour road speed limit (in reality up to 120 KM/H i allowed as road speed limit).

    the Dubai Metro is divided into 5 zones and 4 tiers and cost of a single journey depends on the number of zones you crossed, with the cheapest at 2 AED and the most expensive at 6.50 AED per single trip.

    Metro Station working hours

    Sunday - Wednesday 5:50am to 00:00

    Thursday 5:50am to 01:00am

    Friday 1:00pm to 01:00am

    Saturday 5:50am to 00:00

    according to wikipedia:

    Dubai Metro is composed of at-grade (G) elevated Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 (T1, T2 and T3, respectively) underground stations (U) and underground transfer station types (UT). Type 1 is the regular at-grade concourse station, Type 2 is a regular elevated concourse station, and Type 3 is an elevated special track station with an extra track to hold a non operational train. Underground transfer stations will be accommodating both the Red and Green lines for easy transfers.

    The Dubai Transport is divided into up to 4 tiers(5 zones). As of the 2013 cheapest ticket(not preloaded, and not in the "gold" class) with distance not more than 3 km cost 2.00 AED(about 0.54$) - equivalent of Tier 0, and most costly single trip(Tier 3, exceed 2 zones, and paper not preloaded ticket also) 6.50 AED(about 1.77$) and wasn't increased from opening. This places Dubai Metro among the cheapest metro fares in the world. Tier 1 is one zone trip, where the travel exceeds 3 km, Tier 2 is neighboring 2 zones travel. Also(excluding Gold class) using cards there is "no more paying" - a free rest of day travel if cost extend 14 AED(about 3.81$).

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    Dhow

    by machomikemd Written Jul 17, 2013

    The Dhow is the traditional Arabian Sailing Vessel and was used in the middle ages as a means of transporting heavy items, like fruit, fresh water or merchandise, along the coasts of the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and East Africa and is the primary means of trading by the arabs to their neighbors. Although this is now replaced by the modern bulk freight carriers, Dubai still has a tradition of using Dhows as a means of transporting small goods to and from the Indian Ocean and near areas of Africa, but the main draw of the Dhows in Dubai is as a means to Sail Around the Dubai Creek and is used as a water taxi along the Dubai Coastine.

    Dhows now are primarily used for cruising the Dubai Creek along the edges of Bur Dubai and Deira Areas of Dubai Emirate.

    The most popular use of the Dhow now is via the Dhow Dinner Cruise along the Dubai River (I will have a separate page for it). there are a number of Dhows along the Dubai Creek of all shapes and sizes.

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    Dubai Metro is also a Pedestrian Overpass Walkway

    by machomikemd Written Jul 17, 2013

    The famous Dubai Metro, which is the longest fully automated network in the world, also acts as an air conditioned pedestrian overpass walkway. If you enter any Dubai Metro Station, they have separate walkways for people who just want to cross to the other side of the wide streets of dubai. since this metro stations also are overpass pedestrian skybridges and this is more apparent at the busy Shiek Zayed Road, where there are not much at level pedestrian crossing stations.

    So if you are planning to cross the other side of the busy street and is near a Dubai Metro Station, specially in Shiekh Zayed Road, then you can use the dubai metro station to cross over the other side without entering the main train area.

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    Palm Jumeirah Monorail

    by machomikemd Written Jul 17, 2013

    The Palm Jumeirah Monorail is a also owned by the Dubai Government and it connects the ultra luxe palm jumeirah islands and Atlantis Resort and Hotel to the Dubai Mainland. Altough it is owned by the government, it is still not connected to the Dubai Metro and your NOL card cannot be used in riding the Palm, Jumeirah Monorail. Construction is going on to connect it to Dubai Metro at the Dubai Internet City Metro Station. There are only two stations, the palm gateway station and Atlantis Station.

    The Palm Jumeirah Monorail will be a fun ride starting at the base of the Palm Jumeirah Islands and it ends at the Atlantis Aquaventure Entrance in Atlantis Resort and Hotel Complex.

    Ticket: single ride: 15 AED and round trip is 25 AED

    The stations are open from 10am until 10pm 7 days a week

    but the most practrical way to go to Atlantis Resort is via the Hop on Hop Off Big Bus Tour or taking the Dubai Metro up to Dubai Internet City Station then take a taxi to Atlantis Resort.

    the monorail is 5.50 kilometers (3 miles long).

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    Dubai Metro - a cheap and safe option

    by nyperose Written Jan 1, 2013

    The Dubai metro is very convenient and easy to use, and the nicest thing about it is that it travels most of the time above the ground, giving you a great city-sightseeing at the same time.

    It is totally automated, cheap, around 3 € for a day- card and it brings you to the most important and interesting places in Dubai.

    I was impressed by how clean and well-kept everything was, and I felt much safer in the Dubai metro than in many other undergrounds around the world.

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    Dubai Metro

    by MM212 Updated Dec 2, 2012

    Traffic congestion in Dubai finally led the government to construct a metro system to connect the disparate neighbourhoods of this Metropolis. The system was swiftly built in 2008 and opened in 2009 with its first line. Other lines later followed and work continues on building an efficient network. The system has certainly lessened car traffic and anyone I know who's taken it recommends it. I've yet to try it, but was able to observe it from my hotel room (see attached photos).

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    Dubai Metro

    by mikey_e Written Nov 28, 2012

    Dubai's metro is more of a skytrain or monorail than a subway. It glides above the city, giving you a fairly good view of the main attractions inside the core of the metropolitan area. Unfortunately, it doesn't go from the centre to Jumeirah, but it does take you all the way to DBX, and to Dubai Marina. The metro is safe, cheap and clean, and a good alternative to fighting with taxi drivers who may or may not understand where you want to go.

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    DUBAI METRO GOES EVERYWHERE !

    by sdq Written Jul 22, 2012

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    The United Arab Emirate’s Dubai Metro is a fully automated driverless metro network. While multiple lines are planned, the Red and Green Lines are currently under construction and will run underground in the city centre and on elevated viaducts elsewhere. The Dubai Metro will be the longest fully automated rail system in the world when it opens on 09-09-09!

    The trains and stations will be air conditioned with platform edge doors to make this possible.

    Planning of the Dubai Metro began under the directive of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who expected other projects to attract 15 million visitors to Dubai by 2010. The combination of a rapidly-growing population (expected to reach 3 million by 2017) and severe traffic congestion necessitated the building of an urban rail system to provide additional public transportation capacity, relieve motor traffic, and provide infrastructure for additional development.

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    Metro

    by leffe3 Written Jul 18, 2012

    There may be only 2 lines (at the moment) but the Dubai Metro is one the most comfortable and efficient around. It's only being going since 2009, built by Japanese contractors with superbly designed stations, comfortable trains and high powered a/c.

    There's gold class (comfy seating, carpeted floors) and a women and child only section (both at one end of the train).

    Red Line connects the airport to the new business sector and runs along Sheikh Zayeed Road via Deira, the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Marina. It runs for miles! The Green Line serves Bur Dubai and essentially runs round the Dubai Creek with 2 or 3 connections with the Red Line.

    There are 5 zones (that's how far Red Line runs) but most will travel no more than Zones 1 and 2 (Burj Khalifa is in Zone 2) and will cost 4.50 AED. One zone is just 2 AED. Gold class is double.

    Alternatively, if you are planning to spend time travelling on the metro from place to place (and in the heat, not a bad thing!), a one day ticket valid in all zones is just 14 AED.

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    Red and Green Metro Lines Open

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    On our last two visits there were two functioning metro lines. I would guess all the stations on the older red line that goes all the way to Jebel Ali are now open. Use this line for sights like the Dubai Mall/Burj Kahlife (plus shuttle bus), The Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Marina. The new green line goes round the creek. It was open up to Dubai Health Care Station, not all the way to Creek Station on our last visit (April 2012). Dubai Health Care station is perfect for visiting the WAFI Mall; Al Ras Station is right next to the fish souq, vegetable souq and gold souq. Al Gubiba Station is great for the Creek and Shindaga Waterfront area.

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    Dubai has an excellent Metro.

    by cachaseiro Written Jun 19, 2012

    The Dubai Metro only has two lines, but most tourists will find that they are plenty and serves them quite well.
    The metro serves the airport, the old part of Dubai, the new part and you can get aroundto the main points of interest quite easily using the metro.
    Tickets are not expensive and cost around 1-2 euros each depending on how far you travel.
    The carriages has one that is dedicated to women and you might like to use that one as a woman as it's usually quite empty as most women just use the other mixed carriages, which at times can be a little cramped.
    There is also a first class carriage, but i never used that one so i can't say much about it.
    But the Dubai Metro is really good and fast and i strongly suggest you start with looking at that one when it comes to transporting yourself around dubai.

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    Facts about Dubai metro

    by Robin020 Written Feb 2, 2012

    Facts about Dubai :
    Regarding the metro is divided into three category
    The last track is usually for golden members you do need a special card to get in it.
    The track next to golden one is usually made for women only
    The rest of the tracks every body can get onboard.
    If you are in dubai for some time is better to purchase the silver card it's perks is that you can use it for bus and metro.
    It costs 20 Dirhams it has already 14 Dirhams that you can spend.

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    Dubai metro

    by Robin020 Written Jan 12, 2012

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    Nol Red Ticket
    For the Occasional Traveller

    Nol Red Ticket is a paper-based ticket that can be bought from any ticket vending machine at any time for only AED 2. It can be loaded with up to 10 Single Trips. Currently, this ticket can only be used on one mode of transport at a time (e.g. on Metro only, Bus only).
    Key features

    Low ticket price
    Can be bought from any ticket vending machine at any time
    Allows you to pay for the exact trip only

    Nol Silver Card
    The perfect starter card

    Nol Silver Card is a smart card with an e-purse that can be loaded with up to AED 500. Enjoy the ease of getting this card immediately from any ticket office for only AED 20 (includes AED 14 e-purse value) and enjoy the convenience of using one card on all modes of transport.
    Key features

    Automatically calculates the cost of your trip and deduct it from your e-purse
    Valid on all modes of transport
    You can get it for a low price and use it immediately
    Valid for 5 years

    Fares :

    silver card goldcars bluecard red card
    Daily Fare Cap 14.00 14.00 1 14.00 n/a
    Short Trip ( 3km) 1.80 3.60 1.80 2.00
    Within 1 Zone 2.30 4.60 2.30 2.50
    2 Adjacent Zones 4.10 8.20 4.10 4.50
    More than 2 Zones 5.80 11.60 5.80 6.50
    Student, senior citizen 2,3 N/A N/A 50% N/A
    Disabled 4 N/A N/A Free N/A
    Children 5 Free Free Free Free

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