Dubai is a city built on an impressive infrastructure system, with excellent roads, timely public transport and even decent walking and cycling tracks.
Dubai boasts a regulated taxi system that runs clean, metered taxis. Fares are standard across all companies, and competition is fierce, so you usually won’t be stuck without a ride. Ridesharing companies also operate in Dubai.
Thanks to excellent infrastructure, like modern, well-maintained roads, Dubai is easy to navigate on your own in a rental vehicle. Petrol is also very affordable, so it’s a relatively cheap option for the freedom it provides.
While it has a reputation for being a car-only destination, there are a few places you can easily walk around in Dubai too, with purpose built running and cycling tracks or heritage walks. The Jumeirah Corniche coastline path stretches 14 kilometres in total, from the Burj Al Arab to Dubai Marine Beach, while the Palm Jumeirah Crescent offers an 11 kilometre one way boardwalk with great views of Downtown. Take a stroll around the Arabian Ranches neighbourhood, or get into history with a two kilometre stroll through the Al Fahadi and Al Shindagha neighbourhoods of Old Dubai.
There are multiple public transport options for navigating Dubai. The metro, servicing the city with two lines – red and green- is the primary means of public transport around town. There are nearly 50 stations, all air conditioned and fitted with WiFi. If you want to travel along Dubai Creek, there are wooden boats, called abras, or waterbuses, which are more like a city ferry and provide a novel alternative to the regular trains and buses. You will need to purchase a prepaid ‘Nol’ card, which can be used on buses, trains, trams and waterbuses.