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Getting Around


The elevated, driverless Palm Jumeirah Monorail (www.palm-monorail.com) connects the Palm Jumeirah with Dubai Marina. There are only two stations: Gateway Towers near the bottom of the 'trunk' and the Aquaventure Park at the Atlantis hotel. The 5.45km trip takes about five minutes and costs Dh15 (Dh25 round trip).


Negotiating Dubai by foot, even combined with public transport, is highly challenging due to the lack of pavements, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings. It is not unheard of here to be forced to take a taxi, merely to reach the other side of the road.

Beware of summer heat!

Tickets & Passes

Dubai’s local public transport is operated by the Roads & Transport Authority (www.rta.ae) and consists of the Dubai metro, buses, water buses and abras (water taxis). A worthwhile RTA package called 'One Day in Dubai' allows for travel on all public transport covering the main city sights. For trip planning and general information, call the 24-hour hotline or visit the website.

Before you can hop aboard a local bus or the metro in Dubai you must purchase a rechargeable Nol Card (nol is Arabic for fare), available from ticket offices in any metro and some bus stations. There are also ticket vending machines (with English instructions) in all metro and bus stations, at some bus stops and other places such as malls and the airport.

There are four categories of Nol Card. If you’re only going to use public transport a few times, get a Red Card, which costs Dh2 and may be recharged for up to 10 journeys. Fares depend on distance and are divided into five zones. For Red Cards the cost ranges from Dh2.50 to Dh6.50.

Day passes for unlimited travel in all zones are Dh14. Children under five years of age travel free.

For full details, see www.nol.ae.