> Taxis are relatively cheap (base charge Dhs 3.50 and then Dhs 1.60 per km) If the metre is broken, your trip is free.
> Base charge from the airport is a ridiculous Dhs 25.- What a way to rip you off as soon as you step into the country.
> If you have any complaints or forgot something in the car, call the company's number on the rear doors & report the cab number.
> Many taxi drivers have poor English, so if you are not sure if the driver has understood you, don't get in! You could end-up having to pay a big bill for a trip to a wrong place.
> It's normal to round-up the fare. If you were happy with the driver please tip generously - these guys work 12-hour shifts & earn peanuts, so every extra 5 or 10 Dhs really help.
Due to this, unfortunately many drivers speed like lunatics just to squeeze as many passengers into a day as possible. To slow them down say "Shwaye Shwaye!" (slower / patience!)
> Unfortunately, Dubai's taxi drivers are overworked and underpaid, and in the city's notorious traffic jams they have become rather "racist" and very often prefer Westerners and don't stop for Arabs or Asians. FULL STORY HERE: http://www.xpress4me.com/news/uae/dubai/20008259.html
Try to MEMORISE the general area & direction of your hotel. As in most major cities, some drivers will try & take you "the long way around".
DUBAI IS NOT A PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY CITY. Many roads do not have sidewalks & not sufficient road crossings.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES try to cycle around Dubai... you can cycle within the city's parks, but trying to cycle on roads is suicide!
There are many different taxi-companies, but they all have a sign & are mostly cream or white with a different coloured roof.
Emirates Taxi: +971 - 4 - 3394455.
Metro Taxi: +971 - 4 - 2673222.
National Taxi: +971 - 4 - 3390002.
UPDATE: There are also LADIES TAXIS for women only. They are cream-coloured with pink roof.
In a few years time Dubai is going to be home to one of the largest metro networks in the world. In the meantime, the main way for tourists to get around the city is by taxi. In London (or Sydney) terms, taxis in Dubai are cheap.
Registered taxis have a standard "Taxi" sign on the roof, and a easy to read meter on the dash board. There also seemed to be some unmarked taxis that we caught a couple of times from our hotel, but these also had meters - though you had to ask for them to be activated. A couple of other times when we were out and about some suspicious acting characters asked us if we needed a taxi, but I would have been very hesitant to use an unmarked car one unless recommended by our hotel.
The standard day time flag fall is 3 dirham, which increases to 3.50 dirham from 10pm-6am, or to 20 dirham for departs from the airport. Keep an eye on the meter as there are always some dodgy drivers out there. One time we jumped in a cab outside our hotel and the flag fall was set to 20 dirham. I questioned it with the driver and he changed it to 3 dirham. Needless to say he didn't get a tip.
There seemed to be plenty of taxis everywhere we wanted one, however sometimes you must be prepared for a wait.... maybe even a very long wait - after shopping at the Deira City Centre Mall we had to queue for over 1 hour for a taxi - there was a constant stream of cabs, but an even longer queue of people waiting.
Taking a taxi in Dubai is akin to a limousine experience. Cool and comfortable under the hot sun.
All drivers wear neat crispy uniform with ties. They speak English. You can flag any taxi down at any spot. Everything is metered so you don't have to waste brain cells with bargaining.
The only catch is that it's probably the most expensive mode of travelling in Dubai, especially if you are on a tight budget.
I took a cab from the Spice Souk in Deira to the Jumeirah Free Beach and the 30 minutes or so journey bled about 20AED from my wallet.
Meter Rate (circa Jan 08):
Day Rate: 3AED plus 1.17AED per km
Night Rate: 3.50AED plus 1.70AED per km
Airport Rate: 16AED plus 0.50 fils per 500 metres
Dubai is not a good place to hire a car. The standard of driving is poor and the road layouts can be confusing. The way the city has been developed means that much of the driving is on fast, busy 12 lane highways. If you miss your turn you have to drive miles in the wrong direction to get back to where you wanted to be. Exits are not always clearly marked so you will miss turns.
It's really more hassle than it's worth to hire a car. Taxis are cheap and easily available and there's also a very modern, very clean, safe and efficient metro system.
There's no need to hire a driver for 10 days, just wave down a taxi whenever you need one or call 04 208 0808 to order one to come and pick you up.
All taxis are government controlled and metered so there is no need to negotiate a fare before getting in, the drivers always use the meter. Taxis are safe for lone women traveling alone and for use any time day or night.
It will cost you more than AED 40 from the airport to Bur Dubai if we consider the traffic. When you reach the arrival area in Terminal 1, just continue walking to the left where the taxis are on stand-by. In Terminal 2, they're on the right side. They're all metered taxis. If you think the drivers unnecessarily drive around, take down the phone number which is written on the glass window (or passenger door). Many drivers complain about their company and very seldom will you find a very satisfied driver in Dubai.
I took a taxi from adu dhabi to dubai by taxi - agreed price 220 dirhams (1.5 hrs) but could have bargained 200. On return took a taxi from dubai to adu dhabi international airport cost 240 on taxi meter (approx 1.5 hrs) . On departure to the abu ahabi airport left hotel in dubai before 6am to aviod dubai morning traffic as had 9.50am flight.
Drivers very friendly and english ok. Suggest if you get a good driver get his mobile number if you have scheduled appointment during yr stay and set something up.
Taxis are a cheap alternative to a rental car. Fares are cheaper than in most european countries and really affordable. For example, a drive from the airport to Jumeirah Beach was around 60.00 Dhs (2007), this included the basic fare of 25.00 Dhs and an extra 4.00 Dhs for using the motorway. However, this was the only case when the basic fare was used. I don’t know, if this was because it was very early in the morning or because it was a drive from the airport. Taxis are cream-coloured like in Germany with some coloured spot marking the company which owns the taxi. These companies have a good reputation and friendly, english-speaking drivers - although in one case, the english was horrible and if I say this, it was REALLY horrible. Just keep the infamous Dubai traffic jams in mind an read my tip about traffic in Dubai.
Hi all. Don't hesitate to use taxis when u are in Dubai. It starts from 3 AED in day time and 3.5 AED at night time.It will cost about 1.5 AED per km.Taxis are generally toyota camry and really comfortable,clean.
You can see the towers from everywhere because there are no hills :) and the places u generally will visit is this area. It will take about 25-30 AED from airport to this area.
The jumeirah beach (near burj el arab) is the area where you can go to sea and it will cost about 35-40 AED from the towers area.
Don't forget to go to Medinad Jumeirah at night , there are some nice view and restaurants there and it will cost about 35 AED from the towers area again.
I hope it will be helpful.
Note: 1 AED is 3.5 USD approximately.
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
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!
Taxi's are difficult to get in Dubai. My tip is either to google for private taxi and get a smart ride or alternatively go to a decent hotel. Go in for 10 mins then come out and ask them for a car / taxi - they'll realise you are a guest and help you. Try and get a taxi - the hotels will have their own metered vehicles - but it is a different sort of meter - it goes at high speed!!
Dubai certainly does not strike me as a dangerous place but if you are a woman travelling on your own, you may wish to use the pink roofed, pink clothed ladies only taxi service. You will see many of these taxis at the airport.
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....
In my short stay in dubai. The one things i liked most was the taxi service. You just call them up and they will pick you up from your location. I have travelled many times from dubai city to jebel ali area and its been a pleasure riding in them. The taxis are mostly toyota camry's which are clean and odour free from inside. They have GPRS assistance on board and drivers mostly are able to speak broken english.
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.