The fastest and cheapest way to get around Dubai is by Taxi. They are all around and it's fairly easy to wave one down quickly.
Most of the taxi-drivers are either Indian or Pakistani, and they are very friendly. Many have told me their story (in broken English): they are here to save money so that they can afford a house or get married when they return home. Or they need the money to send to their families for medical costs or schooling. Most all of them can't wait to return to their homeland...
269-3344 Cars Taxis
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336-6611 National Taxis
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Now, normally in a new city, I won't take a taxi unless it's with a local. I'll doggedly stick to buses, trains and my own two feet. But...
We used both buses and taxis, but by the end of the trip were using nothing but taxis. We'd take abras from one side of the creek to the other and then a taxi the next 10 minutes home to the hotel.
Don't be afraid to use taxis here. They are the fastest way of getting around, not at all expensive, we didn't feel at all as if we were going to get ripped off (a common VT complaint in some cities). They use meters and we repeatedly took the same route and got charged the same amount each time.
It is a little more expensive in the evenings to take a taxi, but not by much.
Oh, and don't expect small talk from the drivers!
Dubai Taxi's are all metered, from Airport it start with AED 15 Dirhams, getting to City center/Diera cost around 28~30 Dirhams and to Jumera Beach Aprx 50~55 Dirhams depends on Traffic.
Within the City the Taxi meters starts from AED3 and getting to the Airport is a bit cheaper, from Diera around 15 Dirhams
All vehicles are New and Airconditioned, the drivers are well educated and good knowledge of streets/locations and absolutly safe, it can be called any time of the day with out any extra charges
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 very convenient, as this is a country of petrolium. It's much better to take a taxi then to rent a car, because it costs less and there is a big traffic in Dubai and it's not easy to find a parking.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 :)