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Transportation in the United Arab Emirates is mainly possible by
means of cars. Cars take up the largest portion of transportation in the
UAE, which is followed by buses and then motorcycles.
In order to own a car, the only requirement is for you to have a UAE
residence visa. Brand new cars can cost between Dhs. 40,000 ($ 11,000)
and 200,000 ($ 55,000), while second hand cars can start as low as Dhs.
8,000 ($ 2,200). The list of new car dealers can be found at
UAE Car Agents and Dealers, while a
list of second hand car dealers can be found
If you don't have a car of your own, then the
best means of getting round in the UAE is by taxi. Taxis will take you
within an emirate or from emirate to emirate, if you have the money. In
the UAE, taxis are only allowed to take you from the emirate their
vehicle is registered in, to any destination you wish to go but by law
cant bring you back. For example's sake, a cab registered in Dubai, can
take you from Dubai to Sharjah but cant pick you up in Sharjah and bring
you to Dubai. I am not saying that taxis wouldn't do it, but by law they
are not supposed to and if they are caught they will pay a large fine
and most likely have they're taxi taken away from them for sometime. It
is a strange system, as taxis have to go back to their emirate empty
after they drop someone somewhere. The main disadvantage is for the
customers, as the taxi fares would be much less if taxis could take
people from anywhere to anywhere.
Taxis in the UAE charge
by law of the emirate or by meter. Meter taxis are widely used in Dubai
while taxis in the other emirates charge according to the official price
issued by the emirate. The table below contains official taxi fare
prices for the emirates of Ajman and Sharjah.
|Within Ajman -
Dhs. 3 - 5
To Sharjah - Dhs. 7 - 15
To Dubai - Dhs. 20 - 35
|Within Sharjah -
Dhs. 5 - 10
To Ajman - Dhs. 10
To Dubai - Dhs. 15 - 30
Many individuals prefer
to bundle together in taxis to reduce the price per person. Most
emirates will have a taxi stand, where people come to share a cab to
either go to another emirate or else to a far away area of the same
Abu Dhabi Taxi
A more convenient option to get around Abu Dhabi city and
neighboring regions or emirates is by hiring a taxi. Minimum taxi fare
in Abu Dhabi is at AED 3, where an additional AED 0.75 is charged for
every succeeding kilometer of a journey. Presently, there are plenty
(about 7,000) of taxis operating in the emirate, which can be hailed
from almost any area at any time. Some operators (e.g. Al Ghazal and
NTC) also accept advanced booking for their services.
Al Ghazal (Limousine)
+971 2 444 5885
+971 3 766 2020
+971 2 444 7787
+971 3 751 6565
National Transport Company (NTC)
+971 2 622 3300
+971 2 558 8099
+971 2 551 6164
Tawasul Transport LLC
+971 2 555 2212
+971 2 673 4444
|+971 3 782 5553
The most popular taxi stand in Dubai is the
Deira taxi stand and it has buses that travel to nearly every emirate in
the UAE at particular hourly or half-hourly intervals (or else when the
bus fills). This Inter-Emirates bus system is run by the Dubai
government's transportation system, Dubai Transport Corporation (DTC).
Dubai Transport took over the taxi stand in 1997, which was previously
being run by station-wagon cabs that were not very clean or comfortable.
Dubai Transport buses are clean, spacious, air-conditioned, and
economical. If you have not done your
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The travel rates are given below.
|Sharjah - Dhs. 5
||Ras Al Khaymah -
|Ajman - Dhs. 7
||Fujairah - Dhs. 25
|Umm Al Quwain -
||Khorfakhan - Dhs.
|Dhaid Dhs. - 15
|| Al Ain - Dhs. 30
|Masafi - Dhs. 20
||Abu Dhabi - Dhs. 15
Dubai Transport started
a new Dubai to Sharjah taxi stand in the central market place of Deira
on the 7th of August 2002. The taxi stand has 53 new 30-seater buses
provided by Al Futtaim Motors.
There are no official taxi stands in Sharjah,
but there are areas where taxis come when individuals want to travel to
or from Sharjah. The main taxi area in Sharjah is in Rolla. Rolla is the
central part of Sharjah that contains a large retail shopping area, and
a number of banks and hotels. Individuals from Ajman who are heading to
Dubai will normally stop in Rolla to change cabs to continue on to
Dubai. Similarly some individuals from Dubai heading to Ajman, will stop
in Rolla to change cabs to continue on to Ajman. It costs Dhs. 5/person
to travel from Rolla to Dubai and Dhs. 2/person to travel from Rolla to
Ajman. Other than Rolla, you can catch a cab to Dubai from the Al Khan
round-about for Dhs. 3/person. It costs less than it does from Rolla
because these cabs are 7 or 8 seat station-wagons, while in Rolla the
cabs are regular 4 seat sedan.
As of January 10th
2004, the Sharjah-to-Dubai inter-emirate bus service has started with
the building of bus stands in Rolla (Al Arouba Road) and Al Wahda street
(opposite Sharjah City Centre). Initially the buses used are Dubai
Transport Corporation buses, which have been returning to Dubai empty.
Ticket prices are Dhs. 5 and buses travel to Deira and Bur Dubai, and
Sharjah Transport plans to expand the service to other popular areas,
including the beginning of Ajman.
Sharjah Transport has
taken a set forward and plans to begin a new taxi transportation system
in June 2004 (Gulf
News). They have taken over the regular taxi system and
started using metered taxis under the company banner of, Citi Taxis.
Unfortunately, due to the new meter system, cost of transport within the
emirate and to other emirates have doubled.
Similar to Sharjah, there aren't any dedicated
taxi stand areas but there are a few locations where taxis will come to
take people. The main area for taxi sharing in Ajman is Al Manama Street
(the official name is Sheikh Rashid Street). You can catch a shared taxi
anywhere along this street, which runs from the beach road (corniche) to
the last round-about of Ajman. The reason why Al Manama Street is the
taxi area is because it is the same street that Rolla is on. It cost
Dhs. 2/person to travel from Ajman to Rolla. It is possible to travel to
Dubai from Ajman but only in the morning. It can be done from the Ajman
traffic police station round-about and costs Dhs. 5/person.
Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain have public bus
transportation system. In Dubai, it costs between
1 and 4 dirhams to get on the bus and
the buses are air-conditioned, with a separate area for women and men.
The bus system has been handled by the Dubai Municipality since 1995 and
has continuously been improving. The
bus routing map provided by the Dubai
Municipality unfortunately is very unorganized. It doesn't indicate the
bus routes through Deira and Bur Dubai, which are the main two areas of
Dubai. It would be nice to be able to select a bus route number and have
the route clearly shown. The Dubai Municipality has recently announced
that it plans to improve inter-emirate bus services, and has already
expanded its current public bus system. Other than public transport, buses are used to
transport children to school or workers to work.
As indicated above, Dubai Transport Corporation (DTC) has been leading
the UAE regarding luxury and cheap bus transportation between emirates.
After setting up bus stations to take passengers in Sharjah during
January 2004, they have stepped forward and setup a bus station in Ajman
in December 2004. The Dubai and Abu Dhabi Municipalities have also
jumped into the ring launching a Dubai-to-Abu Dhabi inter-emirate bus
service known as Emirates Express in March 2005, which only costs
Dhs. 15 for a one-way trip which leaves every 45 minutes. DTC also has slashed their prices for their
Dubai-to-Abu Dhabi inter-emirate bus service to Dhs. 15, but
unfortunately they are only a one-way service.
Motorcycles are very rarely used, as it is
very dangerous to ride a motorcycle here in the UAE. Motorcycles are
mainly used by carrier services, as motorcycles have no problems getting
through traffic jams to insure fast delivery. Individuals who can't
afford a car also use motorcycles, as motorcycles can cost as low as
Other means of transportation are not used, as the temperature in the
United Arab Emirates is quite hot all year long. Similar to the
motorcycle, riding a bike isn't safe and riding on the sidewalks is not
Being the hub between east and west UAE hosts almost all Airlines
and is a living place for lots of Nationalities amung whom mostly are
Arabs and Asians. Therefore UAE's skys and Airports are always a busy
industries. This list will show all the Airlines who touch down UAE's
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