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    Public transport is cheap but tricky

    by mi5chelle Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Ok, everything in Dubai is expensive, including taxis. You will have to pay 20 diram, as a start, to take a taxi from the airport. You can take a public bus for 1.5 dirams. The trouble is that the buses are a bit difficult to use in the sense that you really have to watch out for your stop - definitely talk with the driver and tell him where you want to go. If you miss your stop, you are likely to be stuck on the bus for a long time because of the layout of the city -- long roads, few bus stops and its not too easy to just cross the street and take another bus, if you make a mistake. However, there is good info available on the internet.

    One interesting thing is that you will not find any tourists or Emirate people on the bus - they all have private or taxi transport. You will find the guest workers, mostly from Kerala, India or the Manilla. It is definitely worth the experience to see this underside of the flashy city.

    The other interesting item about the buses is that women have their own seating, separated from the men, in the front of the bus. Sometimes, men will sit in the women's section, but you should tell the driver since those types are usually there to cause trouble.

    02, 02, 06 all go to Deira City Center mall, a popular destination.

    women sit up front
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    Ferry transfer in deira

    by aroundtheglobe Written Apr 8, 2005

    To get from one part of the old town of dubai to the other you need to take a boat. There are a lot of small boats who bring you over and it's very cheap too. just sit in one of those wooden barges. They are going to start when the barge is full. it's really cheap! but take care! I once was looking for a boat to cross the river and one guy told me to hop in. He crossed with only my on board and I had to pay for about 20 people. But never mind....even the price for 20 people is cheap!

    Dubai Deira
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    Hard but possible

    by aroundtheglobe Written Apr 4, 2005

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    Nobody suggested me to get around by bus. Everybody said it was too hard, not enough frequent and only indians would travel by bus anyway. They didn't thought that I was a budget traveller who cannot always afford a taxi even if this is cheap!
    Anyway, I tried to get around with the bus and at least I succeed. You have to be patient and careful and you have to read the schedule exactly! The bus is very cheap and crowded with indians. I was always the only non indian! It was a great experiences and I'm sure you'll have much more fun while travelling by bus threw dubai than in a taxi!

    one of few buses in dubai
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    Reasonably good bus service

    by cochinjew Written Mar 4, 2005

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    The central bus station has buses departing in eiher direction of this very small desert place. The bus to the airport leaves from the down town bus station, 3 dirhams ( about a dollar ). Modern buses, very unfriendly filipino drivers. But the arab manager of the bus station was extraordinarily friendly and plied with all sorts of information. If you have a few hours to kill, it is good to take the bus

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    Boats plying the Dubai Creek

    by cochinjew Written Mar 4, 2005

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    Plying at the demand of the customers, these descendants of ancient arab crafts now with modern motors, ply between one side of the creek to the other. Just half a dirham ( about 15 cents usd). very pleasant way to travel. Mostly men travelling, since the country is mostly men ( I would dare say over 70% of the population is male ). Gliding past modern buildings, an odd mosque or two . I sat with many other fortune seekers to this arab land, as the sun set over the creek, with this boat gently going from one coast to the other. My best experience in the 12 hour lay over in Dubai

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    A wet city tour

    by fareleira Written Feb 24, 2005

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    Wonder Bus Ride is a must activity you should try. We didn't do it the first days and then we just dropped.
    Try to take the bus at the beginning of your holiday you get to know a part of the city and you get a wild ride!
    The tour starts at Bur Juman Centre and at the ground floor you find a office where you can buy tickets.

    The Creek model of 1822
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    The Boat "Abra"

    by fareleira Written Feb 19, 2005

    At the Creek you find this boats that are called abra, this way of transport across the Creek is been used since the first days and today it means work for people and a must see activity for the tourists.
    You can ride this boats to cross the Creek it's cheap and you can rent a boat for yourselv and ride all the way up and down the Creek and see the new blocks on the east side and old city part at west.
    It shakes a bit, vibration from the engine!!

    Abra stop at the west side
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    Abras to cross the Creek

    by Nemoa Written Feb 13, 2005

    The best way to cross the Creek, and probably the only one unless you want to make all your way to one of the two bridges that cross it, is by Abra.

    These are small motorboat that make constant journeys from one bank to the other of the Creek.

    There are several Abra routes:

    -Bank Baroda to Deira Old Souq
    -Dubai Old Souq to the Sabkha abra station on Deira's side.

    They are a bit like buses. They wait for people to fill the boat and once they are fully booked they sail to the other side of the Creek. The price is very reasonable, 50 fils only and they will ask you for the money once you are on board. No ticket is required.

    It is a bit of an adventure as you never know how good the abra driver is :-) we got a couple of them who were proper kamikazes :) good fun and a good way of mingling with local people and to get a flavour of life in Dubai.

    Only a word of advice. The only women I ever saw on Abras were tourists. Don't go too exposed or you will have all the men looking at you. Very inconfortable I suppose...

    Abras on the Creek
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    Take advantage of the cheap oil prices !

    by Nemoa Written Feb 13, 2005

    One of the best ways to get around Dubai is by taxi.
    Al taxis are new and confjortable and reliable.
    Because the oil here is cheap, also their derivates are and the fuel is very cheap compared to Europe or USA, therfore the taxi rides are a total bargain compared to our home countries!

    Quite often is better to take a taxi than to take buses or other kind of rides.

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    Taxi for everybody

    by fareleira Written Feb 2, 2005

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    Taxi in Dubai is to get easy and without waiting for a long time.
    There's around 14.000 taxis in Dubai and it is cheap!
    When you seat it starts with 3dirham( $0,8US) then it goes up half dirham every km.
    Taxi drivers they are friendly and well behaved maybe they drive a bit to fast and they want all the road. Many of them talk bad english or it's hard to understand.
    A big part of the cars are Toyota Camry with Air Condition

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    Abras

    by Amisha074 Updated Dec 20, 2004

    Getting around in Dubai is pretty easy. It's a smallish city and there are plenty of taxis and buses. But..there's traffic...specially on weekends and throughout the Dubai shopping festival. The two bridges (Maktoum and Garhoud) that run across the creek and connect Deira and Bur Dubai are always busy. Same goes for the Shindaga tunnel.

    The best way to get to Deira from Bur Dubai and vice versa, is by Abra. Abras are wooden boats that run on diesel. The fare is 50 fils (half a dirham). You can take an abra from the Al Seef walkway or near the HSBC bank building in Bur Dubai. However and abra may not always turn out to be convenient as they operate from only two points on the creek.

    You can also hire an abra for a an hour or two. Its a nice experience. Shouldn't cost more than Dhs. 50 an hour.

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    Abra, a Short Cruise at Dubai Creek

    by Rinjani Written Dec 19, 2004

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    It’s quite exciting to step into Abra. Enjoying the breeze wind touch your face and looking to the high rise building surrounds the creek, while slowly you cruise to cross the creek.

    Abra, a medium sized ship with motor boat engine, can accommodate around 10 people. If you fancy to enjoy five minute crossing, you can take Abra from Baniyas street (Deira) to Creek (Bur Dubai) and vice versa. The cost is less than one dirham per person. Worth to try!

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    Dubai Taxi

    by Rinjani Written Nov 21, 2004

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    This is not a cheap way to travel, but much more comfortable. Taxi fare in Dubai starts from 3 Dirham. And if you call the operator to pick you up from certain location, the fare starts from 4 Dirham.
    The fare is around 1.71 Dirham per kilometer (need to check)

    My experience with taxi (I am regular taxi customer : ) ), usually the driver is well behave and they are friendly too. Tipping is not necessary, but according to my experience, they will be more than happy if you do.
    Some of taxi driver from certain company is trained to recognize the customer. It’s quite often for me to surprise when they recognize me after two weeks or even one month.

    My favorite is Dubai Transport Taxi.

    National Taxi 336-6611
    Dubai Transport 208-0808
    Cars Taxi 800-4825
    Metro Taxi 2673222

    One of Dubai Taxis
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    Abra: The passenger ferry shuttle

    by Quero Written Nov 15, 2004

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    This is less a tip for getting around than for getting back and forth... across the Dubai Creek. Abras are little passenger ferries that are quick, reliable, and the right price. They carry about 20 passengers. Simply cue up at the abra stop, wait for the next boat (they pull up continuously) and step aboard. The boat may rock, and the deck may be a bit slippery, so take care when boarding. When all of the seating is taken, or there is nobody else waiting to get on, the pilot will push off and cross the creek. At this point you will be asked to pay your fare of 50 fils (about 14¢ USD). Interestingly, you can arrange to hire one of these boats for the price of 30 dirhams an hour (a little over USD $8) to ply the waters up and down the creek. It may not be the most comfortable boat trip you've ever taken, but it certainly is picturesque!

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    Sightseeing tours by bus

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 2, 2004

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    The Big Bus Company offers an open-top bus service around Dubai, providing a good opportunity to see much of the city in a short space of time.

    The first time that I visited Dubai, I took one of these tours on my first day and it proved to be very useful in helping me find my bearings and deciding which parts of the city I wanted to see more of. I would only do the tour once, to familiarise yourself with the city, since it is very costly compared to taxis.

    There are two tours - one of the city, and one of the beach district. The two tours connect at the Wafi City Centre, where you change buses, and the price of the ticket includes both tours (or at least it did when I was there, but it may have been a promotional offer).

    Up-to-date prices can be found on the company's website, but in late 2003 the prices were as follows:

    Adults: AED120
    Children: (5-15) AED75
    Family: (2 adults + 2 children) AED315

    These prices are for 24 hours, during which time you can hop on and off the bus as often as you like.

    The city tour covers many of the major sites, and the stops are as follows:

    1. Wafi City shopping mall

    2. Karama ("Little India")

    3. Creek walk

    4. Al Fahidi Fort (Dubai Museum)

    5. Dubai Old Souk

    6. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

    7. Gold Souk

    8. Abra station

    9. Deira City Centre shopping mall

    10. Al Boom Tourist Village and Wonderland

    Included in the price is English commentary of the sights, entry to the Dubai Museum and Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House and a free Wafi City Advantage Card, offering a variety of discounts in the mall.

    Open-top bus tours of Dubai View from the bus The Big Bus Company, Dubai

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