GETTING IN AND AROUND DUBAI


Often the first time visitors to Dubai don’t have any idea about the mode of transport that they should travel in. Well, that is the second thought that should come to your mind. Before that, you have to have some very important information about your citizenship and its relation with traveling to Dubai.

If you are a citizen of the Gulf Cooperation Council , then you do not require a visa. you may simply use your national ID card, and get an entry, work, stay, travel in the emirates indefinitely. If you are a citizen of the european union (except ireland and the UK), then you do not require a visa for 90 days for a stay.

Citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, UK, US, Hong Kong, South Korea, Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei shall obtain a free visa at the time of their arrival, which shall be valid for 30 days.

All other nationalities will necessarily have to apply for a visa in advance. acquire this from any sponsor from inside the United Arab Emirates.

Individuals staying in Dubai for less than 30 days have to have a tourist visa. It is available for free at the Dubai International Airport.

 

Common Modes of transportation used to get to Dubai

Now that you have completed the above formalities,It is not difficult to enter Dubai, as there are multiple modes available for access. Airways is the most commonly used mode of transportation. It is mostly prefered by the distant travellers. Other than flights, buses and cars and even boat services are available for those who live in the neighbouring areas.

Plane

Dubai's main airport is the Dubai International Airport. It is the only airport in the metropolis and is the busiest in the UAE. The airlines servicing the airport include Emirates Airlines (Dubai’s official international airline) that connects the city to more than a 100 destinations worldwide. Other ways to enter Dubai through a plane is Al-Maktoum International Airport, also called Dubai World Central, and Sharjah International Airport. The services and hospitality of the plane crew is excellent.

Bus

Emirates Express connects Dubai to all other emirates. There are frequent bus services between Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Masafi, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. the conditions of the reads is highly impressive, thus leading to a memorable journey for all the neighbouring countries.

Car

Dubai's only international road border is with Oman at Al Wajajah, entering through which won’t require you a permit, only an exit charge of 3000 Omani Riyal. On your way back, you'll need to produce the payment receipt in order to re-enter Oman.

Boats

The minimum used mode of transport is the Boat service when compared to buses, cars or flights. A link connects Sharjah and Iran which takes about 12 hours. Tourists can also ride bigger boats which travel as far as India. This service is very efficient and some tourists prefer it to enjoy the beautiful view of Dubai through waterways.

 

Getting around: how to travel locally?

After the launch of the metro, Dubai’s public transport is now one of the best in the Middle East, but even then most visitors end up taking taxis or rent cars. Other popular modes of local transport are:

Tram

The Dubai Tram opened on the 12th of November 2014, and links Dubai Marina with the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

Monorail

An elevated, driverless monorail system, called Palm Jumeirah Monorail plies across the Palm Jumeirah to the Dubai Marina. There are only two stations: Gateway Towers near the bottom of the 'trunk' and the Aqua Venture Park at the Atlantis hotel. This trip takes about five minutes.

Bus

The RTA operates local buses primarily serving the needs of low-income commuters. Buses are clean, comfortable, air-conditioned and cheap. The bus system is most useful for getting between different areas of Central Dubai, or between the various suburbs.

Taxis

Mostly people choose taxis to travel locally around Dubai, which are operated by Dubai Taxi Corporation and are metered. It is relatively inexpensive and the fastest and the most comfortable way to get around.

Cars

Perhaps the best option to travel locally in Dubai is to have your own car. Significant privileges like well maintained multi lane highways, plentiful petrol stations and cheap petrol make car rental a worthwhile option for day trips. However, to rent a car, you must be over the age of 21 and have a valid credit card and international driving licence, in addition to your home licence.

Abra

An easier way of crossing the Dubai Creek is by Abra, essentially a small ferry. Abra stations are located along the Creek on both the Bur Dubai and Deira sides. The cross river trip costs only one dirham, and offers a very picturesque view of the city.

 

Places to visit

Burj Khalifa

Dubai's landmark building is the Burj Khalifa, which at 829.8 m is the tallest building in the world. For most visitors a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must-do while in the city. The views across the city skyline from this bird's-eye perspective are simply amazing.

Bastakia Quarter

Bastakia Quarter is basically a historic walking area and a great place to know all about the traditional Dubai. It also houses Dubai’s oldest commercial art gallery, Majlis Gallery. Today, when Dubai is all about modern, hi-rise constructions, a part of it remains umbilically connected to the narrow lanes and wind-towers of the historic Al Bastakia district. The oldest residential district in Dubai dating to 1890, the area is significant for its old-time architecture and the unaffiliation for the busy lives of Bur Dubai.

Dubai Museum

The visitors of Dubai Museum get rich, full and integral knowledge of the very old history of Dubai that interacted with different people and civilizations across history. Visitors will get acquainted with the different environments of urban and rural lives in Dubai, whether they are marine, coastal, desert, mountain or agricultural life. Rare authentic monuments, original samples, drawings and diagrams, audio and video media are scattered all over the wings of the museum. The Dubai Fountain

At 270m in length and sporting a jet that shoots water up to 150m (500 ft), the Dubai Fountain is indeed the world's largest dancing fountain and one with a very enticing display - a definite must see. The show starts every evening at the Burj Dubai Lake. Easy way to approach it is via the Dubai Mall.

Palm Islands

The three largest artificial islands in the world are located just off the coast of Dubai. Each of the islands is shaped like a palm leaf, with a trunk connected to the mainland, fronds extending from the trunk, and a crescent (a breakwater encircling the trunk and fronds). Of the three planned, the Palm Jumeirah, at 5km square and near Dubai Marina, is the only one yet open, connected to the mainland by a freeway bridge and a monorail and sporting marinas, luxury resorts, and upscale shopping areas.

Dubai Aquarium

One of the city's top tourist attractions, the Dubai Aquarium houses 140 species of sea life in the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. As well as free viewing from the mall, if you enter the Underwater Zoo you can walk through the aquarium tunnels

Dubai Mall

This is the city's premier mall and provides entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium. There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone and cinema complex if you're looking for more entertainment options. The shopping and eating is endless and there are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall

The Burj Al-Arab

 This is the world's tallest hotel, standing 321 m high, located on its own artificial island on the Dubai coastline. Burj Al-Arab is lit up by a choreographed coloured lighting show at night. Decadent in every way possible, it is one of the most expensive hotels in the world with the most luxurious suites costing over $15,000 for one night