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Taxis in Dubai
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 The roads and buildings change regularly, owing to all the construction work, so maps go out of date very quickly.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....
The only real way to get around
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.
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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.
Crazy taxi drivers
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.
Taxi in Dubai
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
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Take advantage of the cheap oil prices !
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
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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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
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Water taxis,buses and your trusty feet..
Getting around Dubai is as simple as walking from spot A to B(with just enough deviations for pitstops of course).All you need is to ask for a general map of the area and the rest takes care of itself.(most hotels and lodges would have these on hand)The landmarks and demarcations are clear and straightforward and it doesn't take much skill in finding your chosen destination.
I found that the best way was just to wander with my map and experience Dubai grain by grain.Old Dubai is seperated from the New Dubai by the creek but is easily accessible with the local water taxis that await you by the water's edge...the abras.Don't foget to haggle over transportation costs though!
Buses are regular and reliable enough and transport you to the city itself...as well as to all the major locations.
I must admit I enjoyed Dubai on FOOT the best though!
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Taxis in Dubai
When you are in Dubai, suppose the only way to travel is to use Taxis.. The buses are hard to follow and not very often..
Do not afraid to get on a taxi in Dubai. As the fuel is very cheap, that reflects the costs as well. I paid 2-3 dollars for many places..
Most of the taxis are Toyota Camry, a good and climatised car gives a comfort in your travel. Air condition is a must in Dubai, so you will all get air conditioned taxis..
In front of some shopping centers, you can see some taxis waiting in a queu and some others which are not queud.. The ones which are not waiting in a queu are the ones without a taximeter and they may ask more money from you.. So I would advice you to wait for the queu..
Getting around by taxi
Getting around in Dubai is done by taxi or by bus. The taxi is not very expensive compared to what I'm used to and they all had a meter that started on 3 Dhs. OK, some of them did drive like they had stolen the car but they always got us to our destinations.
Remember that there is a lot of traffic in the morning and in the evening so it might take quite a while to get to your destination. Sometimes it might even be faster to walk if your destination is not too far away.
Over the past five years or so, Dubai has totally revamped the taxi system, ridding the emirate of virtually all the old ones and demanding that each taxi on the road be equipped with a meter. Costs are very reasonable: a 20 minute ride rarely costs more than about $3 or $4. With upwards of 14,000 of them, you'll almost never have to wait more than 5 minutes for one to come by. It's worth noting, too, that they're all equipped with GPS systems, so the company knows exactly where each cab is at any given time. This virtually guarantees that you won't be ripped off.
Beware the illegal moonlighters, though: You'll often be approached at the entrances to shopping malls and ushered toward a private car. You'll be in no danger, but you may have an argument at the other end if you don't agree to a price beforehand!
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