The Dubai Metro system, the first in the Gulf, began operatimg on 09/09/09. All but a couple of stations on both the Red Line and the Green Line are now open and a lot of the city is covered, including trains running from the airport into the city centre, both Deira and Bur Dubai, then out along Sheikh Zayed Road to Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta Mall.
It's very modern, cheap, easy, clean, air-conditioned, driverless (computer controlled), with Silver or Gold classes plus a ladies-only carriage. It runs overground on an elevated track for most of the route (great for sightseeing) and underground across the heart of the original city and under the Creek.
Making it difficult for airline passengers, luggage was originally not allowed but that decision has been reversed and now passengers can take two bags on the Metro.
The official information is: Commuters are allowed to carry the amount of luggage that is standard for an Emirates Airlines Economy Class passenger.
Two bags are allowed per passenger. The passenger should be able to carry or pull the items on his own without any help and without causing any inconvenience to others or damage the public property. Commuters should not expect porter service or help from the Metro staff in transporting their luggage on the Metro system. Airport trolleys are not allowed in the Metro stations. Specific areas in each Metro rail car have been designated for baggage and signage installed to inform riders about the new regulations.
Allowed are 2 bags of varying sizes
W 81 x H 58 x D 30 cm, for the larger bag
W 55 x H 38 x D 20 cm, for the smaller bag
No weight specification; this has been left to the discretion of the Metro staff
Allowed to be carried during all hours of Metro Service.
On a Dubai Highway
I came across this soft toy at the back of this bus which is hired for transporting employees from work place to residence yesterday afternoon on my way back home from office.
Funny but it was still hangging using the wiper.
In Dubai bizzar things are easy to catch on the roads.
The Metro is super easy to navigate ', even for our sorry jet-lagged souls. We took it to the Berge Kaliefa from our hotel it was fast and only about $.2.50 return. There are only two lines red and green . The stops are clearly marked and are announced in English .The Metro stops and short walk away from the tower . Its easy to see the tower so no problem to find . There is a bus as well but we didn't bother with it.Related to:
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Do a Michael Palin and catch a Dhow from the Deira creekside to India!, although this is more difficult these days than it was back in the late 80's when Palin did it.
That aside, the wharf and Dhows are great viewing, the masses of cargo and the way boxes of assorted goods are left on the pavement is quite something.Related to:
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"The Dubai Metro is a driverless, fully automated metro network in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The Red Line is partly operational, the Green Line is still under construction, and further lines are planned. These first two lines run underground in the city centre and on elevated viaducts elsewhere. All trains and stations are air conditioned with platform edge doors to make this possible.
The first section of the Red Line, covering 10 stations, was ceremonially inaugurated at 9:09:09 PM on September 9, 2009, by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai. The Dubai Metro is the first urban train network in the Arabian Peninsula.
Once the 20 km Green line opens, the Dubai Metro will overtake the title of longest automated metro network from the Vancouver Skytrain, surpassing it by 3 km.
In its first two days of operation, Mall of the Emirates was the most used station with 7,911 passengers, followed by Khalid bin Al Waleed Station with 6,529 passenger."
To get from Dubai Side to Deira in the quickest and most pleasant way, take an abra (a small ferry boat). They constantly shuttle back and forth across the Creek. There are three abra stations on each side of the Creek. A trip costs 1 Dirham (about 0,2 Euro) and you pay on board.
And abra can also be hired for a trip up and down the Creek for 100 Dirhams (about 20 Euro) an hour.
A cool thing to try, the tripp takes about 5 minutes.Related to:
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Creek water buses
A small fleet of water buses has been introduced for crossing the Creek, which some people may prefer to the traditional abra ferries. The water buses are modern, air-conditioned, comfortable...and empty! We prefer to use the abra, but that may change in the worst hot & humid summer months.
Fare is AED4 each way (US$1.09) compared to AED1 for the abra.
The water buses have been designed so that they can dock at the existing abra stations and they ply the same routes.
This is part of the multi-billion dollar new public transport infrastructure being created. It will include many more road buses, trams, various water transport, and the Metro, an above and below ground railway network.
The most scenic way of getting across the Creek between Deira and Bur Dubai is by taking a ride on a traditional Abra (long boat). You just kind of jump on and off. Watch your step! Seating is on long benches. The cost is half a Dirham (about 15 cents US) and only takes about 5 minutes. Take your camera because you will get some of the best views of Dubai. Magic!
Please note: For Female travellers, please allow room between you and local men. They don't see many ladies on these boats and cultural modesty means they need to afford you extra space.Related to:
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We tried Etihad Airways for the first time during our recent flight to Bangkok. It was a good choice! The seat is very comfortable, the cabin is clean and new with individual monitor (bigger than the usual) with the latest inflight movies. The food is great plus the service.
Will definitely consider Etihad Airways on our next trip.
From/To Dubai airport
It was stated in my guidebook that there are 2 municipal bus services to/from the airport functioning 24 hrs.
Unfortunately i spent almost 1 hour at 4 am in the morning waiting at the bus stop, but no signs of them... Sleepy and tired, I ended taking one of the sand-coloured airport taxis. Luckliy due to lack of traffic jam we arrived in Deira very quickly. The flag is 20 dirhams + the distance rate (bus is 10 times less.... but takes more time)
A cheap travel alternative
Dubai Municipality runs an efficient bus network.
Personally I picked up a map from the bus station in Deira. On the map it was stated which bus number serves every area and all major attractions. So it was enjoyable to jump in and off.
Remember that front seats are reserved for women!!
Of course you have the usual double decker-topless sightseeing buses but the daily ticket is by far more expensive.
Crossing the Creek
Deira is separated from Bur Dubai by the Creek and as there are not any bridges or underwater channels, the only way is to try the traditional way of embarking on one of the "arbas" (small motor boats) that criss-cross the Creek all day and are very cheap (50 fils per person per trip)
I found it as the most fascinating place in Dubai as it is crowded, colorful and frenetic. But as elsewhere you will notice that most passengers are immigrant workers in Dubai.
On the Deira side there 2 stations (Sabkha and Deira Old Souq) and on Bur Dubai as well (Dubai Old Souq and Bur Dubai)
Abra - Water Taxi
Taking the "Abra" across the Dubai creek is one of the highlights of visiting Dubai. You can enjoy buildings and the sights on both side of the creek, both day and night. It costs 50 fils (0.5 Dh) per trip.Related to:
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Abhras across the Creek
This is the best way to see the Creek. You'll be travelling with local migrant workers, though not Emeratis. It's cheap, at half a dhiram, you get from one side of the Creek to the other in about 5 minutes. The views are as great as you'd get in any tourist trip. Just turn up and one of the boats will be sure to be going in any moment.
Make sure you go at different times of the day, as the photo opportunities are great!Related to:
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Abra: The passenger ferry shuttle
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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