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Getting around

Bus & tram


The Roads and Transport Authority also runs an efficient city bus network, although unfortunately Western expat residents don’t use it much and it’s predominantly used by low-income guest workers. As a result, women travelling solo may feel uncomfortable. It’s best to sit in the women’s section at the front of the bus to avoid harassment. From the main bus stations on Al-Ghubaiba Rd in Bur Dubai or Al-Khor St in Deira you’ll be able to catch a bus to most destinations in the city. Fares range from Dh1 to Dh3.50 and services are frequent. Numbers and routes are posted on the buses in English as well as in Arabic.

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Local transport


Taxis around town are metered and are thick on the ground. Fares start at Dh3. If you come across a non-metered taxi, it’s most likely from Sharjah or a northern Emirate, and it’s illegal for the driver to collect a fare from Dubai; if you choose to take one of these, you’ll have to negotiate a fare but if the driver tries to rip you off you don’t stand a chance with the authorities. Women travelling unaccompanied after dark shouldn’t use these taxis.

You can also phone Dubai Transport (208 0808) to book a taxi. If you ask for a taxi at a five-star hotel, you may be shown to an unmarked limo; ask the fare before getting in, as these are often double the price of a standard taxi, or ask for a Dubai Transport taxi.

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