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.
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.
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
Dubai shopping centres know how to look after their clients. A concierge service for taxis is at your service when you shop in the larger centres. Red carpet and roped waiting areas, I kid you not.
Taxis are an affordable way to get around Dubai. But some of the drivers are pretty aggressive when on the road. Not the best for whiplash sufferers. We had half and half - some really good drivers and some drivers that made us wonder if I'd we'd ever get in a taxi again!
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.
If you are pressed for time and don't want the long waiting times associated with using the Public RTA Dubai Buses going around Dubai Emirate area (the trade of of low price is longer travelling time to destinations) and don't want to spend a lot in booking private tours or getting rental cars (parking in dubai can be expensive) then the best mode to go from point A to Point B will be the Dubai Taxis.
there are many taxi companies in Dubai but the largest and most numerous are the Dubai Taxi are owned by the dubai government via the RTA. they have a fixed flag down rate of 6 AED from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm and 7 AED from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am if called via telephone or dispatch center and 3 and 3.50 AED (6 am to 10 pm and 10 pm to 6 am respectively) if hailed on the road.
the government dubai taxis have an assortment of car models but have the same pink and white color. while other taxi companies have a yellow and white or blue and white and green and white.
an example: a taxi ride from Burjuman Mall to Dubai Mall will cost 23 AED on the average.
according to their website:
All DTC taxis are subject to the following conditions:
•Minimum taxi fare is 10 AED
•The journey is free if the meter is not operated.
•Sharjah Emirate and Northern Emirates fare (either going or passing) will be charged an extra 20 AED.
•Customers departing from Mina Rashid Port into Dubai will be charged an extra 20 AED on their fare.
Booking vehicle by Reservation and Distribution:
•The starting meter fare is 6 AED from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
•The starting meter fare is 7 AED from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
• Starting meter fare
From 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Hired on Road / Street Pickup 3 AED
Booking through Dispatch Center 6 AED
Airport 20 AED
From 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Hired on Road / Street Pickup 3.50 AED
Booking through Dispatch Center 7 AED
Airport 20 AED
• Meter fare for 292 Meters: 0.50 AED
• Meter fare for 1 kilometer: 1.71 AED
you can book a taxi by calling their number at +971 042080808
The fastest way of getting around the city, especially to places not well-connected by the metro is by taxi. though most malls have a metro station beside them, the walks can be long, as is the case with Ibn Battuta mall, Dubai mall, and Mall of the Emirates.
Taxis have a flagfall rate starting at 3.00 AED, with the minimum fare being 10 AED. ~Hence, if there are 3 or 4 of you in a group a taxi can even be cheaper, as the minimum charge in the metro using a silver Nol card is 1.80 AED per person for journeys under 3 kms.
From the airport, the flagfall starts at 20 AED.
For ladies travelling alone or those concerned about safety, there are even pink taxis driven by women dressed in Arabic clothes!
Generally, taxies are not to expensive in Dubai. Altough You can try Metro there, when you are about 3 or 4 people travleing toghether, taxi is a better choice, specially when destination is near. A Metro ticket costs 4 AED,(add 2 AED for first travel) and a taxi for 5 Kilometers costs about 12 AED, which seems more comfortable, faster and cheaper; however I like to experince both.
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.
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.
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)
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.