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Metro in Dubai

The newly built Metro is clean and well maintained. The trains can be fairly slow, but in rush hour you'll certainly get to where you're going faster than if you took a cab. Its reach is relatively limited, but cheap shuttle buses run between stations and nearby hotspots. Buy a Nol card to use both bus and metro services.

Buses in Dubai

There are numerous bus routes across the city, which are advertised on Dubai's RTA (road transport authority) website. Buses are cheap, but tend to be loaded with passengers throughout the day. Women have a slightly better deal, as on both the metro and buses they have the option to sit in a separate compartment from men.

Taxis in Dubai

Taxis are cheap and plentiful in Dubai. Most will turn on their meter without prompting, but there are a few rogues in the touristy areas. Otherwise, taking a taxi in Dubai is a comfortable experience. Try to avoid peak hours though as traffic jams can turn a cheap taxi fare into an expensive trip.

Car rental in Dubai

To see Dubai the way you want, and to travel the famous Sheikh Zayed Road on your own, consider hiring a car for your trip. Car rental agencies are dotted throughout the city and offer competitive prices. If you intend on travelling to all corners of Dubai, car rental is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to reach your destinations.


Every Friday, dozens of restaurants in Dubai serve up ‘brunch': typically a fixed-price, four-hour buffet of international food and free-flowing alcohol. Both high-end venues and the more affordable restaurants offer brunch. Just be aware that, depending on what venue you decide to use, they can end up getting a bit wild.

Indoor skiing Sheikh Zayed Road, Interchange 4

Not many people consider Dubai a winter haven, but there's a perfect place to slip into your winter gear in the middle of the desert. Ski Dubai, a snow dome in the shopping mecca Mall of the Emirates, boasts an insane skiing experience with real snow. Whether for the novelty or just to cool off, skiing in Dubai is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Desert safari

A must-do when visiting the deserts of Dubai, there are several companies that offer safari adventures out to the dunes. Activities are diverse and range from dune-bashing (a 4WD hurtling over the dunes while you're inside) to belly dancing. For those looking to combine Western and Dubai cultures, consider both camel riding and quad biking in a single day.

Aquaventure Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, Palm Island

Atlantis' waterpark offers hair-raising rides for youngsters, chilled out options for the parents and a multitude of choices for the kids. Spend the day soaking up the Arabian sun from the comfort of your rubber ring, or try to tackle every ride in Dubai's most popular waterpark. There's no better way to cool down on a scorching day.

Day 1: Start slow

Ease yourself into the Dubai experience with a morning spent on the white sands of Jumeirah beach and a memorable camel ride. Next head over to Burj Al Arab. You'll need a prior booking to get into this ‘seven-star' hotel, so opt for a champagne-fuelled afternoon tea in the Sky Bar. Finish your evening with a stroll along Jumeirah beach, where the local racers like to show off their extravagant wheels. There are numerous bars along the beach front for those who fancy a nightcap.

Day 3: Get cultured

Book in advance for a tour of Jumeirah Mosque – it's the only mosque in the city that's open to both non-Muslims and women. Learn more about the religious culture and enjoy the magnificent architecture inside. Continue the cultural theme with a trip to Bur Dubai's souks, where you can shop for textiles, then hop across the river to Deira on an abra (a traditional boat) where gold and spices are sold.

Day 2: See the sights

Get in line early to be one of the first on the observation deck of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. The views in the morning when the early smog has burnt away are spectacular. Afterwards, go to Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar, at the base of the tower, for a little retail therapy and some world-class cuisine. Stay for the evening and watch the spectacular fountain show – the largest in the world.

Day 4: Finish strong

Take a morning taxi to Atlantis, the manmade palm-shaped island. Aquaventure should be on the cards for families and general adventure-seekers, with rides to keep both kids and adults amused. In the evening head out for a Bedouin dining experience. Several companies offer similar tours, which involve henna painting, shisha smoking, camel riding and belly dancing, as well as a customary Middle Eastern meal.


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