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    Trams

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 11, 2015

    The long awaited tram is now opened. It opened in November 2014. To get to it go to Jumeriah Lake Towers Station or DAMAC Properties Station (This used to be called Marina Station) on the red line of the Dubai metro. At both of these you can interchange with the tram.

    You can use your NOL card on the tram. Before boarding put your card on the machine at the station and do the same when you get off.

    The tram is useful for going to the monorail which is what we used it for or for going around Dubai Marina. For the monorail change at Palm Jumeriah Station.

    For a route map check here. http://www.alsufouhtram.com/route-map/

    The new tram. On the tram.

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  • Taxi Cost

    by ahlalsabr Written Jul 18, 2014

    Hi all,

    I intend to visit Dubai on a business trip next week, I have a booking in Ivory Grand Hotel apartments in Barsha 1 area. I need to know how much it cost to reach Festival City area by taxi from this position. and is it easy to find a taxi there?

    thanx :)

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    The Aquatic Taxis of Dubai... (ABRA)

    by JessH Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dubai's waterfront epitomizes the city's personality, and a cruise along the 10km-long Creek is the best way to witness the clashing of the historically old & the new modernity.

    It costs 1 Dhs (Dirham) to cross the creek, or you can hire the boat for only yourself/your group & pay Dhs 10.-

    Many people use Abras to go to work, as they are cheaper than taxis or buses & avoid the ever-increasing traffic on the 2 bridges & 1 tunnel that enable you to cross the creek (Shindagha Tunnel, Maktoum Bridge & Garhoud Bridge).
    The boats seat up to 30 people and fill up quickly. Be careful as you really do NOT want to fall into the creek... it is not the cleanest of waters! Crossing from to the other side takes about 5-10 minutes.

    TIP: Most Abra drivers are now also cashing-in on the massive flow of tourists that want a more "private" experience during a creek cruise. They will take you up and down the creek for about 1 hour, a great opportunity for some gorgeous photographs of the city. The price for this should not exceed Dhs 80.- Anything more & you are being ripped-off.

    (1 US Dollar = 3.67 Dirhams.)

    There are several Abra stations along the creek,
    but the main points are located near the Gold Souk (Deira), near the Rivoli Building (Deira) and near the Textile Souk/HSBC Building (Bur Dubai). There are very useful tourist maps (see picture) at the Abra stations, and the main stations have been rennovated for passenger safety. There is also a Tourist Information Counter near Bur Dubai Abra station.

    MEN: Please try to not sit exactly next to a woman on a full Abra. Respect this gender-seperated society & let women sit next to women. You'll notice that even if the Abra is very full, men will try to leave a gap between themselves and a woman.

    News Article: http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Traffic_and_Transport/10098380.html

    --> There are also Water 'Buses' that are airconditioned & seat approx. 25 people. One crossing with the bus costs Dhs 4 (one-way).

    Nighttime water taxi (Bur Dubai, UAE) Me by the Creek, with Abra in background Abra (water taxi) on Dubai Creek, Baniyas Road Bur Dubai Abra Station (Dubai, UAE) Dubai Abra Tourist Map (UAE)
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    Getting around the crazy Dubai traffic...

    by JessH Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Traffic in Dubai has increased to nearly unbearable levels... and the faulty street planning & crazy drivers only add to the problem, on top of bottlenecks due to major construction. The UAE has the highest road death rate per capita in the world, with an average of 1 accident every 4 minutes & 1 death every day.

    There are 3 ways of getting around:
    1. Taxis.
    2. Bus.
    3. Rent-a-car.

    I recomment options 1 or 3:
    The bus system in Dubai is (because of heavy traffic) very irregular and is used by (without wanting to offend anyone) mainly 'low-income workers'. Men taking the bus are alright (if you can fight for a seat!) but women may feel uncomfortable being mentally undressed by 50 pairs of eyes...!

    If you feel confident enough (or feel brave enough!) to drive yourself in Dubai, the Bur Dubai-side is well laid-out with plenty of road signs, Deira-side is a bit more confusing.

    Either way, taxis are relatively cheap. There are many different taxi-companies, but they all have a taxi-sign on the roof, and are mostly cream or white in colour.

    TOURIST TIP: Try to MEMORISE the general area & direction of your hotel, as some taxi drivers will try and take you 'the long way around' as soon as they realise you are a tourist...

    Also, try to organise the timing for your plans according to traffic & rush hours - e.g. I wouldn't advise trying to go from Deira side to Jebel Ali Beach at 9am, when rush-hour from Sharjah hits Dubai. Equally bad would be trying to get to Deira City Centre (or even the airport) across Garhoud Bridge around 6pm. It will take you hours!

    DUBAI IS NOT A PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY CITY. Many roads do not have sidewalks & there aren't sufficient road crossings.
    Also: DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES try to cycle around Dubai... you can cycle within the city's parks, but there are no cycle paths around the city & trying to cycle on the main roads is suicide!
    Sand storms & flooding in winter can also cause chaos (see photos!)

    Sanddunes on Emirates Road (April 2008) This is me, stuck in traffic in Dubai... again! Extreme flooding in Dubai (January 2008) Sandstorms in Dubai (January 2008)
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    Emirates Air Travel

    by jwilliams2005 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I flew from Kuwait City International, Airport to Dubai Internatonal Airport. The Dubai International Airport is closest to downtown Dubai If you fly into Abu Dabi Airport, you wil lbe a considerable distance from downtown Dubai. The price was affordable and the Boeing Airbus was a most comfortable ride, roundtrip. The flight attendants were very professional and the most attentive and beautiful. The meals were great. I am very impressed with Emirates.

    Boeing Airbus Boeing Airbus Sincere and beautiful
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    Dubai Public Bus

    by Rinjani Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Travelling by bus is much cheaper than taxi. Bus stop is spread out everywhere, especially in the prime location.

    The bus is usually every 15 minutes and there is schedule in every bus stop.
    The schedule will be different on Friday (but you can always check in the schedule)

    Usually the bus fare is 2 to 5 Dirhams, depend on the destination. Once you step in to the bus, you need to pay to the driver. Please always bring small change. It will be good if you can always bring coins with you, so you don’t need to wait for your changes.

    Women usually are sitting in the front side, while men are in the backside.

    You can also purchase the ticket books (and student will have reduction price).
    Just check in the Satwa bus station.

    The main bus station is in the Gold Souq. From here, you can pick any direction.

    Public Bus in Dubai
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    DUBAI METRO Monorail - the first in the Gulf

    by JessH Updated Sep 30, 2010

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    Finally! A cheer of joy from us road-raged, stressed & tired Dubai residents: after years of nightmarish traffic gridlock and seemingly endless construction the Dubai Metro (driverless mono rail) is here! This is the Gulf's first mass transport system and was openend to the public on Sept. 10th 2009 after 4 years of construction. For now, only 10 stations along the "red line" are open, with the remaining stations (delayed due to the global financial crisis) set to be completed sometime in 2010.

    Dubai's major traffic issues are, and always have been:
    > Rush hour seems to merge into a consistent back & forth of commuters coming from Jebel Ali or Sharjah.
    > Public transport is nowhere near sufficient. Busses are old, outdated and overcrowded. They too are delayed by the heavy traffic.
    > There are thousands of taxis in Dubai, but the heavy traffic has made the drivers quite uncooperative.

    Facts about Dubai Metro:
    --Once in full operation, the Dubai Metro System is projected to carry approximately 1.2 million passengers on an average day, and 355 million passengers per year.
    --The Dubai Metro System has top-of-the-class, air-conditioned modern trains. Each train is approximately 75m long, consisting of 5 cars.
    --The trains offer a standard class, affordable to all, a women and children only section as well as an exclusive 1st Class.

    Passengers can purchase one-way single fare tickets or more adviseable are the NOL Cards, which are valid for a certain number of trips in one or more "Zones" and can be re-charged when needed.

    Visit the below Wojhati website to plan your trip, or click on this link for all information on the Dubai Metro (constantly updates): http://www.arabianbusiness.com/specialreports/dubai-metro.

    I have used the metro a few times now and in general it's quite convenient. I have a NOL Card which you can either purchase for single trips, or re-charge and use whenever you travel with the metro.
    Please note that eating and drinking is not allowed aboard the trains or on the platform itself.

    -->UPDATE 2010: The RTA (Roads & Transport Authority) have started a website for planning your journey on the Metro: http://www.rta.ae/dubai_metro/english/home.html

    Happy passengers on Dubai Metro (from Gulfnews) The future Dubai subway? haha! Just kidding Planned tracks of Dubai Metro (from website) Construction of Dubai Metro (May 2008) The Dubai Metro, finally
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    THE BEST AIRLINE IN THE WORLD

    by DAO Updated May 13, 2008

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    Unless you are blessed with wealth, you will probably enjoy most of your travels across the world in Economy – also know as “Cattle Class”. The best airline in the world for those reasonable airfares is EMIRATES.

    Why Emirates are better:

    · Best Flight Crews in the air
    These people pride themselves on being friendly. They are happy to be there, happy to see you and it shows. No request is a problem.
    · Comfortable seats
    The interiors are always new, you always get a pillow and a blanket, and seats are plush.
    · Free Unlimited alcohol
    Anything you want and the crew don’t hassle you if you want to drink a lot of cold beers, wine, whiskey, whatever you choose.
    · In-flight entertainment
    You can watch about 10-15 brand new movies and you can pause movies so you can go on your travels inside the plane. Also have the forward and underside cameras to watch takeoffs and landings just like you were in the cockpit
    · Hot face towel when you get onboard.
    Really nice if this is not your first flight of the day
    · Good food
    No airline has great food, but everything is good and the food is recognisable.
    · Company ethos
    The whole airline is based on the Arabic concept of hospitality. You are treated like a Prince or Princess regardless of how much you paid.

    Emirates flights are sometimes $30-100 more than other airlines roundtrip prices, but the service you get is priceless and the rest you get makes your first day of holiday that much better.

    EMIRATES. The best. The end.

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    Future Train link from Dubai to other Emirates

    by JessH Updated Mar 5, 2007

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    Finally!
    After the announcement that Dubai will build an inner-city monorail system, plans are now also underway to build a railway that will connect Dubai with the other emirates. It will be more than 700 km-long and will link Dubai with Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah in the east with Ruwais and Ghowaifat in the west.

    The move follows Dubai's effort to establish the region's first urban light rail system & comes at a time when the feasibility of a GCC-wide rail network is being studied by governments of the 6-nation block that is planning to integrate the economies by 2010. It looks like in particular, the Emirate of Ajman will also soon commence construction on its own Metro system, which will link-up with that of Dubai in the future.

    This should make travelling between the emirates much faster, easier and also safer! Some of these desert-highways are so straight and monotonous that many drivers have fallen asleep, or cause accident due to high-speed driving.

    Read interesting articles & updates here:
    http://www.uaeinteract.com/news/default.asp?ID=145

    The future: train through the UAE desert From newspaper: Future rail system in UAE
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  • Stopover in Dubai airport

    by TheSentinel Written Dec 12, 2005

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    If you are having a stop over in Dubai here are some tips:

    - there are some seats where you can put your legs up, but none where you can lie horizontally (the armrests get in the way)
    - some people sleep on the floor behind the chairs
    - the designated "quiet" area (by gate 23) is probably the most noisy place there (screaming children and Arab men talking loudly)
    - Sky Team lounge is at gate 23 (or you can use Murhaba lounge at gate 20)
    - there are some free internet access terminals but they are permanently occupied
    - large duty free selection
    - there always seems to be an expensive car on offer as a prize but you have to buy a ticket costing 500 dirham
    - exchange rate is about 6.36Dh/GBP at the moment
    - lots of costa coffee stalls - good quality coffee and cakes but expensive

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    the airport to end all airports

    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 28, 2005

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    Dubai airport is the airport to end all airports: as soon as you land you have a taste of what's lazing ahead of you... luxury. This airport is simply amazing, all shining and glittering - and it's also one of the best places to go shopping. Everything is tax fre and, it seemed to us, much cheaper than in town.
    Worth of note: the souvenir shop... everything costs next to nothing. So i guess it's a good idea to buy your souvenirs at the very last second of your stay.

    golden palm inside dubai airport
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    abras...

    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 14, 2005

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    One great way to see Dubai from a different perspective is to travel bz abra (water taxi) on Dubai Creek. You can simply just cross the creeck for 500 fils or else you can rent a boat for yourself and travel up and down the city at leisure; the price here really depends on your baraganing skills. The best time to make such "cruise"? Just before sunset - when the buildings reflect the light of the sun going down, and the entire city looks like it's made of gold.

    abras along the khor
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    Dubai International Airport's...

    by DesertRat Updated Oct 29, 2005

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    Dubai International Airport's new departure terminal is an architectural tour de force. Long layovers don't seem so long when there is so much to look at.
    The building is not only beautiful, but easy to navigate and very plushly appointed. You might even find yourself substantially richer if you buy a chance in either the million dollar raffle or one on a luxury car -- and by luxury, I'm talkin' Lamborghini or Porsche or Bentley or even a Rolls Royce. Such cars are won every month. Chances on the cars are good, too: only 1,000 tickets are sold at about $125 each.

    Dubai International is served by at least 60 airlines, and, if you're a plane-spotter, you'll see all kinds of exotic companies represented from Air Viet Nam to Kazahstan Airlines. This is a major air hub, and you can get from here to almost anywhere in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia on a non-stop hop. Emirates, Dubai's own carrier, has non-stops to New York, several European capitals, East Africa, South Africa, East, Southeast, and South Asia, as well as Australia. They are supposed to be offering nonstops to Los Angeles soon, too.

    N.B.: If you're transiting through Dubai and have not received your onward boarding pass, the transit desks are located on the arrivals level. Make sure you're certain you are in the correct line (queue) because it's often crowded, especially between 10pm and 2am when the airport is the busiest. After obtaining the document, go through security and down the escalator to the departure level. The vast duty free shop is on the next level below.

    A traditional Arab family in transit. Two KLM flight attendants head for the gate. Travelators stretch the length of Terminal 1

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    Crossing Dubai creek traditional way

    by xty Written Sep 18, 2005

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    Forget about crossing Dubai creek using car. Try the traditional way by water using Abra, a small boat with capacity of about 20 passengers.

    You can find the stations in both side of the creek, Bur Dubai (the West side) and Deira (the East side). In Bur Dubai side, you can find the station behind Bur Dubai souk/market, between Al Ghubaiba bus station and Dubai museum (aka Al Fahidi Fort). While in Deira side, you can find the stations near Deira souk/market and in front of Twin Towers. New Abra stations in some other spots along the creek are currently being developed.

    As of September 2005, the fare for one trip per person is one Dirham.

    Crossing Dubai creek using Abra
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    The Big Bus

    by littlebush Written Jun 4, 2005

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    Just a note that Emirates are a brilliant airline. If you have time at the airport, use the swimming pool/sauna/jacuzzi to freshen up, its only $5.

    We used the tacky, as touristy as hell, BIG BUS tour company, which was actually a very good way of getting around and seeing the sights if youre there for only for a few days. its a 24hour ticket so you can use for 2 days, and it goes to all the important sights. it costs 220dh and has commentary which can give you useful facts.

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