Ladies taxis are also for mixed couples (i.e. 1 male and 1 female) and families with females travelling. Groups of men or single men are not permitted to use them. Women can use whichever type of taxi they like.
I've been using taxis here for years and haven't had any problems apart from occasionally having to say 'slow down' (firmly). Often drivers are keen to chat and usually they speak good or reasonable English.
Do make sure you know where you are going and get details of the nearest landmark; just having street names is not enough. It is also a good idea to have the telephone number of your destination available if it is somewhere less well known, so you can call for guidance. The roads and buildings change regularly, owing to all the construction work, so maps go out of date very quickly. Hotels understand this and are helpful. Sometimes a driver may take a longer route to avoid a delay as the meter works on distance rather than time.
The flagfall fare from the airport is more but it takes you further before the meter kicks in. I pay about 25 AED* to the airport from home and 35 AED back. These are bargain fares compared to Europe and NZ, so DO remember to tip and DON"T haggle.
(*AED = Arab Emirates Dirham)
Traffic in Dubai is wild for Europeans. Taxis are available everywhere and they are really cheap and faster than camels =) . I wouldn't bother renting a car as many kinds of excursions are also arranged with shared trasportation. If you have time, visit Qatar! We didn't have time to get there, but maybe some day....
Since the public transport system in Dubai is more or less useless, the only way to get around are taxis (if you don't have your own car).
These are relatively cheap compared to Europe/US and easily available everywhere. You don't have to look for a taxi stand in Dubai, because they are driving around all over Dubai looking for customers themselves.
There are several taxi companies operating them with "Dubai Transport" beeing the largest. The taxi fare is based on the meter installed in the taxi and unless you are going with a private taxi usually not subject to negotiation.
A few examples (from my own experience):
Airport to Jumeirah Beach: around 50 Dirhams
Airport to Internet City: around 70 Dirhams
Airport to Arabian Ranches: around 95 Dirhams
The Greens to Internet City: around 12 Dirhams
After the introduction of Salik, the road toll system in Dubai, taxi passengers will have to pay an additional 4 Dirhams for crossing the toll gate on Garhoud Bridge or the one on Sheikh Zayed Road.
If visiting individually - then I there should be no problem travelling around Dubai as there are TAXIS AVAILABLE. Bargain the PRICE to your Destination OR insist on the METER being starting before you step in.
Taxis are really cheap and it is easy to drive around with them - the best way of travelling round Dubai (besides abra :-)). However, watch out if you have a bad stomack!!! Drivers are crazy! They have this type of driving: driving with full speed and break and gas and break... And the stomack is going up and down and up and down :-((. We even had a car accident! I saw it coming, did not surprise me at all! We had a driver once who said in his broken English, "no car - no red" and "no breaking, no breaking!" Crikey!
The taxi's in Dubai are very good, it has to be said, and you'll never be caught short without one, there are literally hundreds of them! Most of the drivers have a good knowledge of the city, but if you're going off into residential areas, knowing directions beforehand so that you can help them is a good thing to have.
They're cheap and work on distance travelled, not time hired.
You won't have a problem in getting a taxi in Dubai because there must be hundreds if not thousands of them in this city. The taxis are metered and comfortable with air-conditioning to cool your from the summer heat & humidity.
However, be aware that some taxi drivers try to cheat visitors of extra dirhams by driving you a long way before reaching your destination. It happened to me and I had a arguement with one driver. I had another arguement with another taxi driver because he didn't want to take me to my hotel which was nearby (he preferred more fare of course). I couldn't walk home because I had done a bit of shopping, but of course he didn't understand that