Dubai has a fleet of modern air-conditioned, metered taxis, clean and well-maintained, strictly regulated, the drivers in uniform. They are all a sandy-beige colour with a coloured roof (red, green, blue, yellow, orange) denoting the company. There are special ladies-only taxis, which have pink roofs and lady drivers (there are also some lady drivers of the standard taxis).
It's generally easy to find one on the street, although in peak travel times it can be difficult, especially in the centre of the city. You can call for one to be sent or to book one for a later time. To call to book one there are several numbers but we always use 04 2080808.
There are always plenty of taxis at the official taxi line at the airport, just follow the signs to reach it.
There is a Dh5 flagfall, for pre-booked it is Dh8 if booked during 'normal' hours (Dh12 for peak hours, which are Saturday to Wednesday from 7am to 10am & 4pm to 8pm, Thursdays & Fridays from 4pm to 12am.) and Dh25 flagfall for airport taxis. Fare cost is Dh1.71 per kilometre and there is a minimum charge of Dh12. When the taxi stops a Waiting Charge of 50 fils per minute runs.
Just a word of warning about airport taxis - the guys directing passengers to the taxis will usually try to steer you towards the black VIP cars, which are more expensive. Ignore them and go to the normal taxis.
The taxis are usually sedan cars, such as Toyota Camry, and there are also wagons available. Airport taxis are all the larger vehicles. There are a limited number of taxis for the disabled and you should call the taxi company if you need one.
The taxi rank is located right outside the airport arrivals. Just walk towards them without making an arrangement or to pre-pay for a voucher. All taxis in Dubai use a meter with cheap prices, so you don't have to bargain for the price like you do in some other arabic countries. Gasolin and manpower is cheap in Dubai. 90% of the drivers are foreign workers from Pakistan.
It takes 30 minutes on the freeway at 120 km/h from the airport to Dubai Marina. The price was 90 AED (25 USD) to, and 70 AED (20 USD) on the way back. I don't know why the price was different since I was driving both ways on Sheik Rashid road/Sheik Zayed road.
The road along the coast is picturesque with skyscrapers flanking each side of the road, among them Burj Khalifa (the highest building in the world).
Have lots of small change when you are in a Dubai taxi. Most of the drivers are Indian and they never ever give you the change on the pretext that they do not have any. This is irritating and frustrating. I think this is very bad image for the tourism industry especially when Dubai thrived on tourism.
So whenever you would want to get into a public cab, please have lots of small change. And another tip is to wear the rear seat belt as they driving is beyond safety.
Taxis are the most common way of getting around in Dubai. There are four taxi companies operating metered cars. All taxis are comfortable and efficient with courteous uniformed drivers.
The initial charge is 3 Dirhams (0,6 Euro) between 6am and 10pm and 3,5 Dirham after 10pm (the initial charge from the Airport is 20 Dirhams (about 4,5 Euro)).
The running charges are 1.6 Dirhams per kilometre.
If the meter is broken the trip will be free.
Here are some numbers to different taxi companies.
Dubai Transport +9714-2080808
Metro Taxi +9714-2673222
National Taxi +9714-3390002
If you not planing to visit any other emirate (Sharjah, RAK, Fujairah...), then I guess is enough just to take taxi, as its very cheap and easy to go around and you can enjoy view from the window rather concentrating on the road. Crossing Dubai will cost you not more than 20usd, and trust me is a long way. Each other trip maybe 10-15usd... Really , dont bother getting a car as parking in most areas can be very very difficult..
BUT if you wish to drive to Abu dhabi etc.. then best to rent a car, driving its easy here, oh well for me :)
Official taxis are well maintained. The drivers usually have a reasonable knowledge of English. In giving location, you must specify a prominent landmark instead of street name. Taxi Fares are AED 1.5 per km with a AED3.50 flat rate. You can also book online at www.dubaipublictransport.ae.
Dubai Transport 04 2080808 which you can call and book taxi and a cover charge of AED 6.
The are 50 well presented, highly trained Pink taxis now operating in Dubai staffed by ladies for ladies.
Price is the same as usual taxis - just look for the distinctive cabs and attractive drivers. Operate 6am to 1am 7 days a week.
After I took the above photo, the male driver of the next cab asked why I didnt take his photo too. I suggested that if he'd like to put on a skirt I'd obligue.
Due to the fact that the city becomes extremely conjested and jammed at particular times and in the particular directions, the taxi drivers, who have fun driving around for hours, may not want to take a passanger who needs to go along with the traffic. They started practising opening the window and asking about the destination, if he doesn't feel like going there - he would say he was driving to pray/eat/toilet etc. Although many of them do not lock the doors. A good idea will be just to jump in (NOTICE: it is not common to sit on a passengers' seat, especially for women - use the back seats) and tell your destination point. The taxis have NO RIGHT to refuse a passenger, he may be a bit disappointed, but what to do - you need to go and may be tired of standing along the road under the heat. If the driver starts complaining, politely tell him that you will complain to the head office (the stickers with the phone numbers can be found inside the car, as well as outside) - he wouldn't like that.
Taxi drivers must switch on the trip meter as soon as he starts driving.
IMPORTANT: while in Dubai, use only the taxis that operate in Dubai (look at the number plates) and never use the ones from Sharjah, Ajman etc. - they are as old as you grandpa, may not even have a conditioner, not a trip meter, besides, it is ILLEGAL for them to drive the passangers in Dubai (and they all know that).
Taxis are easily available and they do have meter. Try to avoid those private taxis as they charge you more expensive than regular metered taxis unless you know the fare and try to bargain with them to get better rate.
If you want to move around (ex to/from airport or around the city) and the heat of the day is extreme, you will find the solution of getting a taxi rathering appealing.
Taxis in Dubai are excellent. Quite affordable, new cars, air-conditioned, lcd screen on the roof and lcd taximeter. Some of the drivers were immigrants from Indian subcontinent so some english was spoken. In all 3 cases I used a taxi, none of them I felt I was cheated as the price was displayed on the impressive lcd screen of the taximeter.
just a note about taxis: these will be your main mode of transport: there is no tube and, tho there are buses floating around, they don't seem to be geared for tourists ... and be afraid ... be very afraid! nah - not that bad, but driving in dubai is pretty scary and taxis are often considered a major contributor to the fear factor. so try to look out the window when you're in one instead of at the road ahead ... far less scary :) also - it's not unusual for a driver to not be 100% sure of where it is that you are going ... alot of these guys are as new to dubai as you are ... and then big hint: try not to let on that you aren't familiar with where it is that you are going: some drivers seriously take a chance and drive around in circles making themselves more dosh: it doesn't happen too much - but be vague on how long you've been in town and you've got less chance of being taken for a ride
NO HAY PROBLEMA ALGUNO CON DESPLAZARSE MEDIANTE TAXIS, SON BARATOS Y SEGUROS.SI ES ACONSEJABLE TOMAR UNO QUE TENGA TAXIMETRO ASI COMO INDICAR EL SITIO DONDE QUEREIS IR ANTES DE ENTRAR PARA ESTAR SEGURO DE QUE LO CONOCEN.SI VES QUE DUDA, NO DUDES TU EN DEJARLO Y PARAR OTRO.NORMALMENTE LAS BUENAS COMPAÑIAS DE TAXIS TIENEN UN BANDERIN PARA IDENTIFIARLAS.
Taxis are the best bet for getting around Dubai, All very reasonable. Also most hotels have a free shuttle bus to the local markets, shops etc
From Oasis the rates were as follows:
Dubai city centre 60
Dubai Int'l Airport 70
Bur Dubai 55
Mall of Emirates 30
Jebel Ali Golf Resport and Spa 65
Taxi's are the only public transport system in place - there are no buses or trains.
Taxi's are metered.
Driver's in Dubai are quite mad. Always using their horn etc.
We found the taxi's driving Toyota's were the best.
Taxis are the best form of transport around Dubai. The city does have a bus service but the connnections and timings are poor. Its easy to catch a cab from any part in the city.
Walking and cycling are a no no in the sweltering heat.